Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

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Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Hewlett-Packard rose $0.68 (2.5%) to $28.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 12,621,904 shares of Hewlett-Packard exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,063,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $27.70-$28.50 after having opened the day at $27.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.66. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech ( CNTF), up 11.2%, voxeljet ( VJET), up 8.0%, Gigamon ( GIMO), up 7.9% and Quantum Corporation ( QTM), up 5.8%.

Hewlett-Packard Company and its subsidiaries provide products, technologies, software, solutions, and services to individual consumers, small-and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health, and education sectors worldwide. Hewlett-Packard has a market cap of $53.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Hewlett-Packard a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Hewlett-Packard as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, weak operating cash flow and generally higher debt management risk.

On the negative front, Identive Group ( INVE), down 6.5%, Crossroads Systems ( CRDS), down 5.9%, Nimble Storage ( NMBL), down 5.5% and Mad Catz Interactive ( MCZ), down 4.1%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer hardware industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Technology ( IYW) while those bearish on the computer hardware industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Semiconductor ( SSG).

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