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Illinois Tool Works



) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Illinois Tool Works rose 90 cents (1.4%) to $64.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, two million shares of Illinois Tool Works exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $63.88-$64.98 after having opened the day at $63.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.93. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were:

Continental Materials Corporation



), up 18.6%,

Briggs & Stratton Corporation



), up 10.2%,



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), up 5.8%, and

Highpower International



), up 5.3%.

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Illinois Tool Works Inc. manufactures various industrial products and equipment worldwide. Illinois Tool Works has a market cap of $29.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Illinois Tool Works a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Illinois Tool Works as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

OSI Systems



), down 19.7%,

Energy Recovery



), down 7.1%,

Nidec Corporation



), down 6.5%, and

Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corp



), down 4.9%, were all laggards within the industrial industry with

Dover Corporation



) being today's industrial industry laggard.

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) while those bearish on the industrial industry could consider

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