Corning Inc (GLW): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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Corning ( GLW) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Corning rose $0.26 (1.4%) to $18.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 11,354,803 shares of Corning exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12,471,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $18.53-$18.81 after having opened the day at $18.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.51. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Vimicro International Corporation ( VIMC), up 26.2%, Giga-tronics ( GIGA), up 19.8%, Maxwell Technologies ( MXWL), up 11.7% and Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), up 11.3%.

Corning Incorporated produces and sells specialty glasses, ceramics, and related materials worldwide. It operates through five segments: Display Technologies, Telecommunications, Environmental Technologies, Specialty Materials, and Life Sciences. Corning has a market cap of $26.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Corning a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Corning 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 sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, LDK Solar Company ( LDK), down 9.2%, Trio-Tech International ( TRT), down 6.1%, Superconductor Technologies ( SCON), down 5.9% and Vicon Industries ( VII), down 5.8% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Micron Technology ( MU) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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