The

industrial goods

sector closed the day up 1.5%.

Manitowoc Co Inc

(

MTW

),

Hallwood Group Inc

(

HWG

),

Edac Technologies Corporation

(

EDAC

), and

Hollysys Automation Technologies

(

HOLI

) were all winners today within the industrial goods sector with

Caterpillar Inc

(

CAT

) being today's featured industrial goods winner. Caterpillar Inc rose $1.68 (1.9%) to $91.57 on average volume. Throughout the day, 9.7 million shares of Caterpillar Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 12.1 million shares.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. It operates through three lines of businesses: Machinery, Engines, and Financial Products. Caterpillar Inc has a market cap of $59.3 billion and is part of the

industrial

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 15.2 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Caterpillar as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

Ener1 Inc

(

HEV

),

China Development Group Corporation

(

CTDC

),

US Concrete Inc

(

USCR

), and

Continental Materials Corporation

(

CUO

) were all losers within the industrial goods sector with

Raytheon Company

(

RTN

) being today's industrial goods sector Loser Spotlight stock.

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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