Cepheid (CPHD): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Cepheid ( CPHD) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Cepheid fell $1.02 (-2.0%) to $50.75 on light volume. Throughout the day, 439,373 shares of Cepheid exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 706,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.56-$52.57 after having opened the day at $51.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.77. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: Digital Power Corporation ( DPW), down 8.9%, Pulse Electronics ( PULS), down 6.9%, Uni-pixel ( UNXL), down 4.5% and Eltek ( ELTK), down 3.8%.

Cepheid, a molecular diagnostics company, develops, manufactures, and markets integrated systems for testing in the clinical and non-clinical markets; and for application in legacy non-clinical market. Cepheid has a market cap of $3.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Cepheid a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cepheid as a hold. 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 and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's net income has been quite unimpressive.

On the positive front, GigOptix ( GIG), up 7.7%, Orion Energy Systems ( OESX), up 6.4%, Vimicro International Corporation ( VIMC), up 6.0% and Veeco Instruments ( VECO), up 5.9% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with Intel ( INTC) being today's featured electronics industry leader.

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