Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Texas Instruments ( TXN) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.9%. By the end of trading, Texas Instruments fell $0.90 (-2.1%) to $41.50 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 12,516,279 shares of Texas Instruments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,337,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.38-$42.50 after having opened the day at $42.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.40. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Enphase Energy ( ENPH), down 10.1%, SunPower Corporation ( SPWR), down 9.9%, MoSys ( MOSY), down 9.4% and Perceptron ( PRCP), down 9.1%.

Texas Instruments Incorporated engages in the design, manufacture, sale of semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, Wireless, and Other. Texas Instruments has a market cap of $46.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Texas Instruments a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 18 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Texas Instruments as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, GigOptix ( GIG), up 12.3%, Digital Power Corporation ( DPW), up 7.8%, Vitesse Semiconductor ( VTSS), up 6.7% and Advanced Photonix ( API), up 3.8%.

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

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