Intel Corp (INTC): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Intel ( INTC) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Intel fell $0.26 (-1.1%) to $24.50 on light volume. Throughout the day, 25,337,417 shares of Intel exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33,922,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.42-$24.72 after having opened the day at $24.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $24.76. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Forward Industries ( FORD), down 8.2%, SolarCity ( SCTY), down 7.4%, API Technologies ( ATNY), down 7.3% and Plug Power ( PLUG), down 7.2%.

Intel Corporation designs, manufactures, and sells integrated digital technology platforms worldwide. The company operates through PC Client Group, Data Center Group, Other Intel Architecture, Software and Services, and All Other segments. Intel has a market cap of $123.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Intel a buy, 4 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Intel as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in stock price during the past year, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, AMSC ( AMSC), up 14.4%, Netlist ( NLST), up 11.9%, Ultra Clean Holdings ( UCTT), up 10.5% and Applied Optoelectronics ( AAOI), up 10.0% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with Xilinx ( XLNX) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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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