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3M Co (MMM): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

3M (MMM) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, 3M rose $1.36 (1.0%) to $134.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,903,375 shares of 3M exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,992,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $133.18-$134.97 after having opened the day at $133.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $132.84. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: China Ming Yang Wind Power Group (MY), up 9.0%, Hydrogenics Corporation (HYGS), up 7.8%, Arotech Corporation (ARTX), up 7.2% and Euro Tech Holdings Company (CLWT), up 5.6%.

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. 3M has a market cap of $88.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate 3M a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M 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, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, China Recycling Energy Corporation (CREG), down 11.9%, WSI Industries (WSCI), down 6.2%, Capstone Turbine Corporation (CPST), down 5.6% and Ideal Power (IPWR), down 5.5% , were all laggards within the industrial industry with Fuelcell Energy (FCEL) 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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