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Stanley Black & Decker Inc (SWK): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Stanley Black & Decker rose 78 cents (1%) to $78.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Stanley Black & Decker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $77.80-$79.04 after having opened the day at $78.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.92. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Energy Recovery ( ERII), up 13.1%, Chart Industries ( GTLS), up 10.8%, Broadwind Energy ( BWEN), up 8.7%, and Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), up 6%.

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Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. provides power and hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic security and monitoring systems primarily in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Canada. Stanley Black & Decker has a market cap of $12.22 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Stanley Black & Decker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stanley Black & Decker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

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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