EMC Corporation (EMC): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Winner

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EMC Corporation ( EMC) pushed the Computer Hardware industry higher today making it today's featured computer hardware winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, EMC Corporation rose $0.33 (1.4%) to $24.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 27,889,967 shares of EMC Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 23,849,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $24.05-$24.53 after having opened the day at $24.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.16. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that increased today were: SMART Technologies ( SMT), up 28.1%, Imation Corporation ( IMN), up 14.6%, Acorn Energy ( ACFN), up 9.7% and Nimble Storage ( NMBL), up 6.4%.

EMC Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, develops, delivers, and supports information infrastructure and virtual infrastructure technologies, solutions, and services. EMC Corporation has a market cap of $49.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 3.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 21 analysts that rate EMC Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates EMC Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Echelon Corporation ( ELON), down 16.6%, Crossroads Systems ( CRDS), down 7.1%, Extreme Networks ( EXTR), down 3.7% and Fusion-io ( FIO), down 3.7% , were all laggards within the computer hardware industry with Palo Alto Networks ( PANW) being today's computer hardware industry laggard.

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

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