Rockwell Automation Incorporated

(

ROK

) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Rockwell Automation Incorporated rose 60 cents (0.9%) to $68.50 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of Rockwell Automation Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $67.77-$69.22 after having opened the day at $67.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.90. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were:

Clean Diesel Technologies

(

CDTI

), up 20%,

TriMas Corporation

(

TRS

), up 13.1%,

Intellicheck Mobilisa

(

IDN

), up 13%, and

Ultralife Batteries

(

ULBI

), up 11%.

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Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation power, control, and information solutions. It operates in two segments, Architecture and Software, and Control Products and Solutions. Rockwell Automation Incorporated has a market cap of $9.25 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Rockwell Automation Incorporated a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Automation Incorporated as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front,

Highway Holdings

(

HIHO

), down 12.4%,

Lincoln Electric Holdings

(

LECO

), down 9%,

Broadwind Energy

(

BWEN

), down 6.8%, and

JinkoSolar

(

JKS

), down 6.6%, were all laggards within the industrial industry with

General Electric

(

GE

) 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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