Deere

(

DE

) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Deere fell 50 cents (-0.7%) to $76.82 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.5 million shares of Deere exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $76.61-$78.26 after having opened the day at $77.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.32. Other company's within the Industrial industry that declined today were:

A.M. Castle

(

CAS

), down 16.8%,

Wowjoint Holdings

(

BWOW

), down 9.4%,

Intellicheck Mobilisa

(

IDN

), down 9.1%, and

UQM Technologies

(

UQM

), down 9.1%.

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Deere & Company provides products and services primarily for agriculture and forestry worldwide. Deere has a market cap of $31.06 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Deere a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deere as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front,

NF Energy Saving

(

NFEC

), up 9.1%,

Highway Holdings

(

HIHO

), up 7.9%,

Arotech Corporation

(

ARTX

), up 6%, and

Cummins

(

CMI

), up 6%, were all gainers within the industrial industry with

Flowserve Corporation

(

FLS

) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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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