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Emerson Electric Co. (EMR): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

Emerson Electric (EMR) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, Emerson Electric rose 77 cents (1.5%) to $52.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.4 million shares of Emerson Electric exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.71-$52.59 after having opened the day at $52.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.36. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Cleantech Solutions International Inc (CLNT), up 34.8%, Broadwind Energy Inc (BWEN), up 14.6%, Tower International Inc (TOWR), up 14.6%, and ZBB Energy Corporation (ZBB), up 13.1%.

Emerson Electric Co. operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. It engages in designing and supplying products and technology, and delivering engineering services and solutions to industrial, commercial, and consumer markets. Emerson Electric has a market cap of $38.14 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Emerson Electric 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, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, THT Heat Transfer Technology Inc (THTI), down 18.9%, Fushi Copperweld Inc (FSIN), down 6.8%, Bonso Electronics International Inc (BNSO), down 6.3%, and Tii Network Technologies Inc (TIII), down 4.3%, were all losers within the industrial industry with Tyco International (TYC) being today's industrial industry loser.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial industry could consider SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average (DIA) while those bearish on the industrial industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Industrials (SIJ).

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