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Republic Services



) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Republic Services rose $0.68 (2.0%) to $34.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,796,315 shares of Republic Services exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,006,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.47-$34.14 after having opened the day at $33.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.43. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were:

China Ming Yang Wind Power Group



), up 25.0%,

China BAK Battery



), up 22.9%,

Highpower International



), up 22.8% and

Arotech Corporation



), up 13.7%.

Republic Services, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides non-hazardous solid waste collection, transfer, and recycling and disposal services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers in the United States and Puerto Rico. Republic Services has a market cap of $12.1 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. Shares are up 0.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Republic Services a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Republic Services

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Altair Nanotechnologies



), down 11.2%,

ZBB Energy Corporation



), down 8.7%,

UQM Technologies



), down 8.4% and

Euro Tech Holdings Company



), down 8.2% , were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with

DR Horton



) being today's industrial goods sector laggard.

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



) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider

ProShares Short Dow 30




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