ASML Holding NV (ASML): Today's Featured Technology Laggard

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ASML ( ASML) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, ASML fell $1.75 (-1.9%) to $89.44 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,482,568 shares of ASML exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 961,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $89.10-$90.75 after having opened the day at $90.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $91.19. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were: Majesco Entertainment Company ( COOL), down 20.3%, Alvarion ( ALVR), down 8.9%, LGL Group ( LGL), down 7.2% and Sutron Corporation ( STRN), down 7.1%.

ASML Holding NV engages in designing, manufacturing, marketing, and servicing semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits or chips worldwide. ASML has a market cap of $40.1 billion and is part of the electronics industry. Shares are down 2.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate ASML a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ASML 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, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, Datalink Corporation ( DTLK), up 37.6%, Control4 ( CTRL), up 23.4%, DragonWave ( DRWI), up 23.2% and Lantronix ( LTRX), up 19.1% , were all gainers within the technology sector with Accenture PLC Class A ( ACN) being today's featured technology sector leader.

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