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

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First Solar ( FSLR) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, First Solar fell $2.13 (-3.7%) to $56.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,225,582 shares of First Solar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,096,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.72-$58.70 after having opened the day at $58.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.24. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Pixelworks ( PXLW), down 23.9%, Analogic Corporation ( ALOG), down 15.8%, Digital Power Corporation ( DPW), down 13.1% and eMagin Corporation ( EMAN), down 12.8%.

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 $5.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 6.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate First Solar a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 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 solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Plug Power ( PLUG), up 30.0%, Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), up 12.1%, Jinpan International ( JST), up 10.1% and Qualstar Corporation ( QBAK), up 8.8% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with Linear Technology ( LLTC) 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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