First Solar Inc. (FSLR): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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First Solar ( FSLR) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, First Solar rose $1.27 (2.5%) to $51.10 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,299,196 shares of First Solar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,732,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.70-$51.48 after having opened the day at $49.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.83. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Supertex ( SUPX), up 35.1%, Plug Power ( PLUG), up 14.5%, Perceptron ( PRCP), up 11.3% and GT Advanced Technologies ( GTAT), up 9.3%.

First Solar, Inc. provides solar energy solutions. It operates in two segments, Components and Systems. The Components segment engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of solar modules that convert sunlight into electricity. First Solar has a market cap of $4.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 8.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate First Solar a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates First Solar as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, MoSys ( MOSY), down 7.0%, Giga-tronics ( GIGA), down 5.2%, Advanced Photonix ( API), down 4.7% and LightPath Technologies ( LPTH), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Garmin ( GRMN) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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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