Agilent Technologies Inc (A): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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Agilent Technologies ( A) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Agilent Technologies rose $0.71 (1.3%) to $56.92 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,863,147 shares of Agilent Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,291,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.26-$57.34 after having opened the day at $56.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.21. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: SemiLEDs ( LEDS), up 25.0%, Pixelworks ( PXLW), up 22.0%, Plug Power ( PLUG), up 12.0% and Peregrine Semiconductor ( PSMI), up 8.1%.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions and services to the life sciences, chemical analysis, diagnostics and genomics, communications, and electronics industries worldwide. Agilent Technologies has a market cap of $19.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Agilent Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agilent Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, RF Industries ( RFIL), down 22.8%, ClearSign Combustion ( CLIR), down 6.6%, AMSC ( AMSC), down 5.8% and Advanced Photonix ( API), down 5.7% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Micron Technology ( MU) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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