Rockwell Automation Incorporated (ROK): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

Rockwell Automation Incorporated ( ROK) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Rockwell Automation Incorporated rose 76 cents (1.1%) to $71.25 on light volume. Throughout the day, 915,958 shares of Rockwell Automation Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $70.45-$72.03 after having opened the day at $71.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.49. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Highway Holdings ( HIHO), up 15.8%, Wuhan General Group Inc ( WUHN), up 13.2%, Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), up 10.5%, and Astrotech ( ASTC), up 8.9%.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation power, control, and information solutions. It operates in two segments, Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. Rockwell Automation Incorporated has a market cap of $10.55 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 15.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Automation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Broadwind Energy Inc ( BWEN), down 13.9%, Wowjoint Holdings ( BWOW), down 9%, Magnetek ( MAG), down 8.9%, and JinkoSolar ( JKS), down 5.8%, were all losers within the industrial goods sector with CNH Global ( CNH) being today's industrial goods sector loser.

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 ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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