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Precision Castparts

(

PCP

) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Precision Castparts fell $1.28 (-0.8%) to $162.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 703,471 shares of Precision Castparts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 664,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $162.64-$165.90 after having opened the day at $164.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $163.92. Other company's within the Industrial industry that declined today were:

Ecotality

(

ECTY

), down 11.7%,

JinkoSolar

(

JKS

), down 11.4%,

Valence Technology

(

VLNC

), down 9.6%, and

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Precision Castparts Corp. manufactures and sells metal components and products worldwide. Precision Castparts has a market cap of $23.97 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.5, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Precision Castparts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Precision Castparts 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front,

Wowjoint Holdings

(

BWOW

), up 12.9%,

Hallwood Group

(

HWG

), up 8.7%,

A123 Systems

(

AONE

), up 6.9%, and

ZBB Energy Corporation

(

ZBB

), up 5.4%, were all gainers within the industrial industry with

Stanley Black & Decker

(

SWK

) being today's featured industrial industry winner.

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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