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General Dynamics

(

GD

) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, General Dynamics fell $1.26 (-1.1%) to $108.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,001,059 shares of General Dynamics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,658,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $108.02-$109.91 after having opened the day at $109.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.30. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were:

Arotech Corporation

(

ARTX

), down 16.8%,

Pentair

(

PNR

), down 6.9%,

Real Goods Solar

(

RGSE

), down 5.7% and

Royal Philips

(

PHG

), down 5.6%.

General Dynamics Corporation, an aerospace and defense company, provides business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions; military and commercial shipbuilding; and communications and information technology products and services worldwide. General Dynamics has a market cap of $37.5 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 14.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate General Dynamics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

General Dynamics

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front,

IntriCon Corporation

(

IIN

), up 43.2%,

India Globalization Capital

(

IGC

), up 25.4%,

China BAK Battery

(

CBAK

), up 12.0% and

Circor International

(

CIR

), up 9.8% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with

3D Systems Corporation

(

DDD

) being today's featured industrial goods sector leader.

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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