Agilent Technologies Inc (A): Today's Featured Electronics Winner

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Agilent Technologies ( A) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Agilent Technologies rose $0.57 (1.0%) to $56.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,840,990 shares of Agilent Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,720,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $56.40-$57.11 after having opened the day at $56.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.36. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Applied Optoelectronics ( AAOI), up 23.2%, China BAK Battery ( CBAK), up 22.9%, Maxwell Technologies ( MXWL), up 15.3% and Plug Power ( PLUG), up 6.9%.

Agilent Technologies, Inc. provides bio-analytical and electronic measurement solutions and services to the life sciences, chemical analysis, diagnostics and genomics, communications, and electronics industries worldwide. Agilent Technologies has a market cap of $19.0 billion and is part of the health care sector. Shares are down 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Agilent Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Agilent Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Intermolecular ( IMI), down 31.2%, Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), down 11.2%, Control4 ( CTRL), down 10.8% and Data I/O Corporation ( DAIO), down 8.8% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with SunEdison ( SUNE) 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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