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Waste Connections Inc. (WCN): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

The industrial goods sector closed the day down 2%. Ener1 Inc (HEV), American Defense Systems Inc (EAG), THT Heat Transfer Technology Inc (THTI), and Euro Tech Holdings Company (CLWT) were all winners today within the industrial goods sector with Waste Connections Inc (WCN) being today's featured industrial goods winner. Waste Connections Inc rose 38 cents (1.1%) to $33.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 742,892 shares of Waste Connections Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 940,800 shares.

Waste Connections, Inc., an integrated solid waste services company, provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services. Waste Connections Inc has a market cap of $3.7 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.9, equal to the average materials & construction industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Waste Connections as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Insituform Technologies (INSU), Ingersoll-Rand (IR), Sun Hydraulics Inc (SNHY), and Presstek Inc (PRST) were all losers within the industrial goods sector with China BAK Battery Inc (CBAK) being today's industrial goods sector Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR (XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 (DOG).

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