NXP Semiconductor NV (NXPI): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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NXP Semiconductor ( NXPI) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, NXP Semiconductor fell $0.59 (-1.0%) to $56.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,396,888 shares of NXP Semiconductor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,354,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.55-$57.17 after having opened the day at $57.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.74. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Netlist ( NLST), down 12.0%, Anadigics ( ANAD), down 7.8%, Mitcham Industries ( MIND), down 7.5% and Tel Instrument Electronics Corporation ( TIK), down 7.2%.

In 2006 bought Systems on Silicon Manufacturing Company Pte for $185. NXP Semiconductor has a market cap of $14.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate NXP Semiconductor a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NXP Semiconductor as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front, Pulse Electronics ( PULS), up 25.8%, Applied Optoelectronics ( AAOI), up 15.0%, Wells-Gardner Electronic ( WGA), up 6.7% and AU Optronics Corporation ( AUO), up 6.3% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with SunEdison ( SUNE) 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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