First Solar and More Big Movers in Semiconductors on January 3, 2013

By Investopedia Staff | January 03, 2013 AAA

This morning, the market has been relatively quiet. The Nasdaq has moved little; the S&P 500 has been relatively flat; and the Dow has remained steady.

The Semiconductors sector (XLK) has changed little on a quiet day for the overall market. These are the biggest movers in the sector currently:

Company Market Cap Percentage Change
SunPower (Nasdaq:SPWR) $729.8 million +32.1%
Mellanox (Nasdaq:MLNX) $2.59 billion -13.6%
JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd (Nasdaq:JASO) $912.1 million +12.2%
First Solar (Nasdaq:FSLR) $2.78 billion +6.6%
M\x2FA-COM Technology Solutions (Nasdaq:MTSI) $654.4 million +3.8%
AIXTRON SE (Nasdaq:AIXG) $1.23 billion +3.8%
International (NYSE:IRF) $1.28 billion +2.5%

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SunPower (Nasdaq:SPWR) has soared 32.1% to reach a current price of $8.10 per share. So far today, the company's volume is nine million shares, 6.6 times the current daily average.

Mellanox (Nasdaq:MLNX) is at a share price of $52.84 after a sharp decline of 13.6%. This morning, the company is trading a volume of 5.7 million shares.

JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd (Nasdaq:JASO) is trading at $5.06 per share, a significant rise of 12.2%. The company's volume is currently 631,205 shares for the day, more than yesterday's 555,486 shares.

First Solar (Nasdaq:FSLR) has risen 6.6% and is currently trading at $34.11 per share. The company is currently trading a volume of 4.1 million shares. This is 1.3 times its average volume over the past three months.

M\x2FA-COM Technology Solutions (Nasdaq:MTSI) is currently trading at $14.90 per share, a 3.8% increase. So far today, the company's volume is 18,019 shares, 0.4 times the average daily volume.

Rising 3.8%, AIXTRON SE (Nasdaq:AIXG) is currently trading at $12.57 per share. So far today, the company's volume is 70,929 shares.

After an increase of 2.5%, International (NYSE:IRF) has reached a current price of $19.01. So far today, the company's volume is 112,192 shares, on pace to finish the day below yesterday's volume of 648,199 shares.

The Bottom Line The nature of the market is such that stocks will have good days and bad days. Daily stock performance should be weighed against historical performance and put in context of the market overall. However, these fundamental metrics must be analyzed with historic data, industry information in addition to firm specific financial statements.

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