Western Digital Corporation (WDC): Today's Featured Computer Hardware Laggard

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Western Digital Corporation ( WDC) pushed the Computer Hardware industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Hardware laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Western Digital Corporation fell $0.89 (-1.0%) to $85.45 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,470,449 shares of Western Digital Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,113,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $85.28-$86.79 after having opened the day at $85.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $86.34. Other companies within the Computer Hardware industry that declined today were: Overland Storage ( OVRL), down 6.6%, Radisys Corporation ( RSYS), down 5.5%, Dot Hill Systems Corporation ( HILL), down 4.2% and Synaptics ( SYNA), down 3.2%.

Western Digital Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures, and sells storage products and solutions that enable people to create, manage, experience, and preserve digital content. Western Digital Corporation has a market cap of $20.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Western Digital Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Western Digital Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, China TechFaith Wireless Comm Tech ( CNTF), up 10.0%, Mad Catz Interactive ( MCZ), up 3.8%, Cray ( CRAY), up 3.1% and Gigamon ( GIMO), up 3.0% , were all gainers within the computer hardware industry with Teradata Corporation ( TDC) being today's featured computer hardware industry leader.

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