Electronics Stocks On The Rise With Help From 3 Stocks

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 40 points (0.2%) at 17,108 as of Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,478 issues advancing vs. 1,497 declining with 182 unchanged.

The Electronics industry currently sits down 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Flextronics International ( FLEX), up 4.3%, ABB ( ABB), up 1.5% and Texas Instruments ( TXN), up 0.8%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include ASML ( ASML), down 1.6%, and Micron Technology ( MU), down 0.8%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. First Solar ( FSLR) is one of the companies pushing the Electronics industry higher today. As of noon trading, First Solar is up $2.60 (3.7%) to $72.00 on average volume. Thus far, 1.9 million shares of First Solar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $69.65-$72.35 after having opened the day at $69.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.40.

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First Solar, Inc. provides solar energy solutions worldwide. The company operates through two segments, Components and Systems. First Solar has a market cap of $7.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 27.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate First Solar a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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. Get the full First Solar Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing ( TSM) is up $0.22 (1.0%) to $21.30 on average volume. Thus far, 5.1 million shares of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 10.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $21.17-$21.38 after having opened the day at $21.28 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.08.

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Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited is engaged in manufacturing, selling, packaging, testing, and computer-aided designing integrated circuits and other semiconductor devices. It also manufactures masks. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing has a market cap of $108.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 20.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook. Get the full Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Broadcom ( BRCM) is up $0.63 (1.6%) to $39.98 on average volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Broadcom exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $39.34-$40.00 after having opened the day at $39.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.35.

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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 has a market cap of $21.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 32.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 22 analysts who rate Broadcom a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Broadcom as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow. Get the full Broadcom Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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