Cree Inc. (CREE): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Cree ( CREE) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Cree fell $0.79 (-1.3%) to $58.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,563,984 shares of Cree exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,988,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.58-$60.50 after having opened the day at $60.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.70. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Microvision ( MVIS), down 14.9%, Himax Technologies ( HIMX), down 11.4%, Rubicon Technology ( RBCN), down 7.4% and Advanced Photonix ( API), down 7.2%.

Cree, Inc. develops, manufactures, and sells lighting-class light emitting diode (LED), lighting, and semiconductor products for power and radio-frequency (RF) applications in the United States, China, Europe, South Korea, Japan, Malaysia, and Taiwan. Cree has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Cree a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cree as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Plug Power ( PLUG), up 49.0%, Forward Industries ( FORD), up 7.7%, Daqo New Energy ( DQ), up 6.2% and MRV Communications ( MRVC), up 6.0% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with Applied Materials ( AMAT) 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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