Polypore International Inc ( PPO) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Polypore International Inc rose $1.72 (3.1%) to $56.67 on light volume. Throughout the day, 589,095 shares of Polypore International Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 837,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.84-$57.05 after having opened the day at $54.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.95. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Energy Focus Inc ( EFOI), up 12%, Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), up 11.4%, China Development Group Corporation ( CTDC), up 11.4%, and Capstone Turbine Corporation ( CPST), up 7.3%.

Polypore International, Inc., a technology filtration company, develops, manufactures, and markets microporous membranes used in separation and filtration processes. It operates in two segments, Energy Storage and Separations Media. Polypore International Inc has a market cap of $2.51 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 26.1, above the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 25.9 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Polypore International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, Cleantech Solutions International Inc ( CLNT), down 17.6%, Tecumseh Products Company ( TECUB), down 14.4%, Tecumseh Products Company ( TECUA), down 14.2%, and JinkoSolar ( JKS), down 13%, were all losers within the industrial industry with Emerson Electric ( EMR) being today's industrial industry loser.

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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