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

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First Solar ( FSLR) pushed the Electronics industry higher today making it today's featured electronics winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.4%. By the end of trading, First Solar rose $1.26 (1.8%) to $69.72 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,877,056 shares of First Solar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,181,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $68.66-$72.96 after having opened the day at $69.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $68.46. Other companies within the Electronics industry that increased today were: Aetrium Incorporated ( ATRM), up 41.9%, Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), up 5.0%, Daqo New Energy ( DQ), up 4.9% and China Sunergy ( CSUN), up 4.4%.

First Solar, Inc. provides solar energy solutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Components and Systems. First Solar has a market cap of $7.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 25.3% 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 negative front, On Track Innovations ( OTIV), down 12.9%, Digital Power Corporation ( DPW), down 11.1%, Fluidigm Corporation ( FLDM), down 11.1% and Vicor Corporation ( VICR), down 8.9% , were all laggards within the electronics industry with Texas Instruments ( TXN) being today's electronics industry laggard.

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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