The industrial industry closed the day up 0.6%. Precision Castparts ( PCP), Ampco-Pittsburgh Corporation ( AP), Energy Recovery Inc ( ERII), and Dresser-Rand Group Inc ( DRC) were all decliners today within the industrial industry with ABB ( ABB) being today's featured industrial loser. ABB fell 43 cents (-2.1%) to $19.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.3 million shares of ABB exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares.

ABB Ltd. provides power and automation technologies for utility and industrial customers worldwide. The company's Power Products division manufactures and sells high- and medium-voltage switchgear and apparatus, circuit breakers, power and distribution transformers, and sensors. ABB has a market cap of $44.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.6, above the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 14.8 and equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates ABB as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Cleantech Solutions International Inc ( CLNT), Wowjoint Holdings ( BWOW), Colfax Corporation ( CFX), and JinkoSolar ( JKS) were all gainers within the industrial industry with Caterpillar Inc ( CAT) 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).