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Highest Operating Margin in the Computer Hardware Industry Detected for Apple (AAPL, SSYS, CRAY)

Published on Mon, 04/29/2013 - 10:24
By Robert Cotter

Below are the three companies in the Computer Hardware industry with the highest operating margin. A healthy operating margin is required for a company to pay for its fixed costs and generate cash.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is highest with an operating margin of 31.6%. Apple Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers and related personal computing and mobile communication devices along with a variety of related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions. The Company sells its products worldwide through its online stores, its retail stores, its direct sales force, third-party wholesalers, and resellers.

Over the past year, Apple has traded in a range of $385.10 to $705.07 and is now at $424.91, 10% above that low. Over the last five market days, the 200-day moving average (MA) has gone down 0.9% while the 50-day MA has declined 1.5%.

Following is Stratasys (NASDAQ:SSYS) with an operating margin of 18.3%.

Finishing up the top three is Cray (NASDAQ:CRAY), with an operating margin of 8.6%.

By Robert Cotter
rcotter@fnno.com