NXPI, TSM, BRCM, FSLR And MU, Pushing Electronics Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 14 points (0.1%) at 16,456 as of Friday, Jan. 3, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,718 issues advancing vs. 1,181 declining with 172 unchanged.

The Electronics industry currently sits up 0.3% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that fell today was NVIDIA Corporation ( NVDA), up 1.3%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

5. NXP Semiconductor ( NXPI) is one of the companies pushing the Electronics industry lower today. As of noon trading, NXP Semiconductor is down $0.77 (-1.8%) to $43.15 on average volume. Thus far, 1.5 million shares of NXP Semiconductor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $43.08-$44.34 after having opened the day at $44.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.92.

NXP Semiconductors N.V. provides mixed signal and standard product solutions for radio frequency (RF), analog, power management, interface, security, and digital processing products worldwide. It provides integrated circuits (ICs) and discrete semiconductors. NXP Semiconductor has a market cap of $11.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate NXP Semiconductor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NXP Semiconductor as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet. Get the full NXP Semiconductor Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( TSM) is down $0.20 (-1.2%) to $16.95 on average volume. Thus far, 4.0 million shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $16.95-$17.16 after having opened the day at $17.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.15.

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited engages in the computer-aided design, manufacture, packaging, testing, sale, and marketing of integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing has a market cap of $90.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, Broadcom Corporation ( BRCM) is down $0.24 (-0.8%) to $28.76 on light volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of Broadcom Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.75-$29.12 after having opened the day at $29.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.99.

Broadcom Corporation provides semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Its products offer voice, video, data, and multimedia connectivity in the home, office, and mobile environments. Broadcom Corporation has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are unchanged year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate Broadcom Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Broadcom Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Broadcom Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, First Solar ( FSLR) is down $1.14 (-2.0%) to $56.30 on average volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of First Solar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.03-$58.30 after having opened the day at $57.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.44.

First Solar, Inc. provides solar energy solutions. It operates in two segments, Components and Systems. The Components segment engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of solar modules that convert sunlight into electricity. First Solar has a market cap of $5.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate First Solar a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates First Solar as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall. Get the full First Solar Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Micron Technology ( MU) is down $0.60 (-2.8%) to $21.06 on average volume. Thus far, 17.6 million shares of Micron Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 43.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $20.99-$21.43 after having opened the day at $21.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.66.

Micron Technology, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and markets semiconductor solutions worldwide. Micron Technology has a market cap of $23.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Micron Technology a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Micron Technology as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Micron Technology Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the electronics industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the electronics industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).

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