Texas Instruments Inc. (TXN): Today's Featured Electronics Laggard

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Texas Instruments ( TXN) pushed the Electronics industry lower today making it today's featured Electronics laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.4%. By the end of trading, Texas Instruments fell $1.35 (-2.8%) to $46.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,197,366 shares of Texas Instruments exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6,626,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $46.23-$48.00 after having opened the day at $47.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.69. Other companies within the Electronics industry that declined today were: 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%.

Texas Instruments Incorporated designs, manufactures, and sells semiconductors to electronics designers and manufacturers worldwide. The company operates in three segments: Analog, Embedded Processing, and Other. Texas Instruments has a market cap of $51.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Texas Instruments a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 17 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Texas Instruments as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the electronics industry with First Solar ( FSLR) 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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