The conglomerates sector closed the day down 0.7%. Leucadia National Corporation ( LUK) and Cooper Industries ( CBE) were all winners today within the conglomerates sector with 3M ( MMM) being today's featured conglomerates winner. 3M rose 54 cents (0.8%) to $72.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 5.1 million shares of 3M exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.7 million shares.

3M Company, together with subsidiaries, operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. 3M has a market cap of $50.3 billion and is part of the conglomerates industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.5, above the average conglomerates industry P/E ratio of 12 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 17.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the conglomerates sector could consider SPDR Trust Series one ( SPY) while those bearish on the conglomerates sector could consider ProShares Short S&P 500 ( SH).
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