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Mohawk Industries Inc. (MHK): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Mohawk Industries ( MHK) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Mohawk Industries fell $2.28 (-1.8%) to $123.05 on light volume. Throughout the day, 546,618 shares of Mohawk Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 793,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $122.40-$126.13 after having opened the day at $126.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $125.33. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), down 8.1%, Ecotality ( ECTY), down 8.1%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 7.7% and THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), down 4.8%.

Mohawk Industries, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, produces floor covering products for residential and commercial applications in the United States and for residential applications in Europe. The company operates through three segments: Mohawk, Dal-Tile, and Unilin. Mohawk Industries has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 36.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Mohawk Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mohawk Industries as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 18.7%, Energy Recovery ( ERII), up 11.1%, Allied Motion Technologies ( AMOT), up 8.8% and Zoltek Companies ( ZOLT), up 6.8% , were all gainers within the industrial industry with MRC Global ( MRC) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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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