NetApp Inc. (NTAP): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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NetApp ( NTAP) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, NetApp fell $0.67 (-1.7%) to $39.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,894,663 shares of NetApp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,077,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.61-$40.49 after having opened the day at $40.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.37. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech ( CNTF), down 7.4%, Crossroads Systems ( CRDS), down 6.3%, Extreme Networks ( EXTR), down 6.0% and Silver Spring Networks ( SSNI), down 5.4%.

NetApp, Inc. engages in design, manufacture, and marketing of networked storage solutions. The company supplies enterprise storage and data management software and hardware products and services. NetApp has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate NetApp a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NetApp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Nimble Storage ( NMBL), up 9.4%, Juniper Networks ( JNPR), up 7.6%, Acorn Energy ( ACFN), up 2.9% and Lantronix ( LTRX), up 2.9% , were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Hewlett-Packard ( HPQ) being today's featured computer hardware industry leader.

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