The report declares a sector-wide upgrade to so-called "multi-industry" stocks, raising price targets on GE, Danaher (DHR - Get Report), Dover Corp. (DOV - Get Report), 3M (MMM - Get Report), Illinois Tool Works (ITW - Get Report), Roper Industries (ROP), United Technologies (UTX - Get Report), Parker-Hannifin (PH) and Kennametal (KMT).
The report says multi-industry stocks tend to perform well when the Purchasing Managers Index from the Institute for Supply Management passes 50%. The August total of 52.9% is the highest since June 2007, according to a press release from the ISM.On GE, the report states Goldman's analysts are "encouraged by resilient performance of the company's Industrial portfolio in the downturn." In addition to reiterating their "buy" rating, they raised their price target to $18 from $15. GE shares were up 2% to $14.79 in recent trading. -- Written by Dan Freed in New York.