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Generac Holdings Inc. (GNRC): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Generac Holdings (GNRC) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Generac Holdings rose $1.42 (3.4%) to $43.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,199,663 shares of Generac Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 913,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.34-$43.60 after having opened the day at $42.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.18. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Energy Recovery (ERII), up 13.3%, IntriCon Corporation (IIN), up 11.1%, Zoltek Companies (ZOLT), up 8.3% and ZBB Energy Corporation (ZBB), up 8.1%.

Generac Holdings Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a range of generators and other engine powered products for the residential, light commercial, industrial, and construction markets in the United States Canada, and Mexico. Generac Holdings has a market cap of $2.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 22.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Generac Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Generac Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Exide Technologies (XIDE), down 31.9%, Highpower International (HPJ), down 6.7%, THT Heat Transfer Technology (THTI), down 6.5% and Global Brass & Copper Holdings (BRSS), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the industrial industry with Caterpillar (CAT) being today's industrial industry laggard.

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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