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United Technologies Corp (UTX): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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United Technologies (UTX) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, United Technologies fell $1.54 (-1.4%) to $107.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,307,297 shares of United Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,962,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $107.50-$109.01 after having opened the day at $108.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.36. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Ecotality (ECTY), down 39.5%, Hydrogenics Corporation (HYGS), down 5.6%, ExOne (XONE), down 5.5% and IntriCon Corporation (IIN), down 5.3%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. United Technologies has a market cap of $100.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 34.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate United Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, China Valves Technology (CVVT), up 34.0%, China Ming Yang Wind Power Group (MY), up 11.2%, GreenHunter Resources (GRH), up 10.3% and CECO Environmental (CECE), up 6.8%.

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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