Cummins Inc

(

CMI

) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 5.7%. By the end of trading, Cummins Inc rose $7.86 (8.9%) to $96.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of Cummins Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $92.20-$96.50 after having opened the day at $92.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.47. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were:

Zoltek Companies Inc

(

ZOLT

), up 43.3%,

Aerosonic Corporation

(

AIM

), up 22.8%,

Argan Inc

(

AGX

), up 18.4%, and

Tecumseh Products Company

(

TECUA

), up 18.3%.

Cummins Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes, and services diesel and natural gas engines, electric power generation systems, and engine-related component products worldwide. It operates in four segments: Engine, Power Generation, Components, and Distribution. Cummins Inc has a market cap of $17.44 billion and is part of the

industrial

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.6, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 19.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cummins as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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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