Broadcom Corporation (BRCM): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Broadcom Corporation ( BRCM) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Broadcom Corporation fell $0.84 (-2.6%) to $30.86 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 11,931,177 shares of Broadcom Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,506,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.69-$31.43 after having opened the day at $31.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.70. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), down 15.1%, On Track Innovations ( OTIV), down 11.3%, Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), down 10.8% and Dynasil Corporation of America ( DYSL), down 10.1%.

Broadcom Corporation provides semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Its products offer voice, video, data, and multimedia connectivity in the home, office, and mobile environments. Broadcom Corporation has a market cap of $16.9 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 20 analysts that rate Broadcom Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Broadcom Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Plug Power ( PLUG), up 6.8%, Nam Tai Electronics ( NTE), up 4.0%, GSI Group ( GSIG), up 3.6% and Raven Industries ( RAVN), up 3.3% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with First Solar ( FSLR) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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