Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model

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Eaton

(

ETN

) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Eaton rose 67 cents (1.5%) to $46.44 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.7 million shares of Eaton exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $45.37-$46.67 after having opened the day at $45.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.77. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were:

Cleantech Solutions International

(

CLNT

), up 15.6%,

THT Heat Transfer Technology

(

THTI

), up 12.3%,

Taylor Devices

(

TAYD

), up 5.7%, and

Intellicheck Mobilisa

(

IDN

), up 5.2%.

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Eaton Corporation operates as a diversified power management company worldwide. Eaton has a market cap of $15.36 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11, above the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 10.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 11 analysts that rate Eaton a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eaton as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

China BAK Battery

(

CBAK

), down 12.4%,

Bonso Electronics International

(

BNSO

), down 8.6%,

ZBB Energy Corporation

(

ZBB

), down 8.4%, and

P & F Industries

(

PFIN

), down 7.8%, were all laggards within the industrial industry with

Allegheny Technologies

(

ATI

) 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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