Himax Technologies Inc. (HIMX): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Himax Technologies ( HIMX) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Himax Technologies fell $0.26 (-1.7%) to $14.71 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3,804,018 shares of Himax Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 7,690,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $14.35-$14.95 after having opened the day at $14.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $14.97. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Digital Power Corporation ( DPW), down 10.3%, Daqo New Energy ( DQ), down 7.0%, Yingli Green Energy Holding Company ( YGE), down 6.2% and AMSC ( AMSC), down 5.3%.

Himax Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, and markets semiconductors for flat panel displays. The company operates in two segments, Driver IC and Non-Driver Products. Himax Technologies has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Himax Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

On the positive front, Tower Semiconductor ( TSEM), up 8.8%, ION Geophysical Corporation ( IO), up 5.5%, Advanced Photonix ( API), up 5.2% and SunPower Corporation ( SPWR), up 4.5% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with Intel ( INTC) 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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