Rockwell Collins Inc. (COL): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

Rockwell Collins Inc ( COL) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Rockwell Collins Inc rose 52 cents (0.9%) to $55.42 on light volume. Throughout the day, 660,637 shares of Rockwell Collins Inc exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $54.80-$55.61 after having opened the day at $54.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $54.90. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Bonso Electronics International Inc ( BNSO), up 16.7%, Zoltek Companies Inc ( ZOLT), up 10.5%, Texas Industries Inc ( TXI), up 9%, and Goldfield ( GV), up 7.5%.

Rockwell Collins, Inc. designs, produces, and supports communications and aviation electronics for commercial and military customers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Government Systems and Commercial Systems. Rockwell Collins Inc has a market cap of $8.05 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.5, above the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of 13.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Collins as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 14.7%, Tower International Inc ( TOWR), down 9.5%, Energy Recovery Inc ( ERII), down 8.7%, and Sterling Construction Company Inc ( STRL), down 8.6%, were all losers within the industrial goods sector with Rockwell Automation Incorporated ( ROK) 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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