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ABB

(

ABB

) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, ABB rose $0.26 (1.0%) to $26.26 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,837,224 shares of ABB exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,798,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $25.96-$26.35 after having opened the day at $26.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $26.00. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were:

Global-Tech Advanced Innovations

(

GAI

), up 8.1%,

Roper Industries

(

ROP

), up 6.5%,

Smith & Wesson

(

SWHC

), up 6.2% and

Empresas ICA SAB de CV

(

ICA

), up 5.8%.

ABB Ltd provides power and automation technologies for utility and industrial customers worldwide. ABB has a market cap of $59.9 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate ABB a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ABB

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, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front,

ZBB Energy

TheStreet Recommends

(

ZBB

), down 11.8%,

Astrotech

(

ASTC

), down 11.1%,

JinkoSolar

(

JKS

), down 9.3% and

Adept Technology

(

ADEP

), down 9.3% , were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with

Martin Marietta Materials

(

MLM

) being today's industrial goods sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider

Industrial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLI

) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider

ProShares Short Dow 30

(

DOG

).

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