Parker Hannifin Corporation ( PH) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Parker Hannifin Corporation rose $1.04 (1.3%) to $83.87 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Parker Hannifin Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.35-$84.59 after having opened the day at $82.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.83. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: IntriCon Corporation ( IIN), up 11.1%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), up 11%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 10.4%, and Ameresco ( AMRC), up 7.6%.

Parker Hannifin Corporation manufactures fluid power systems, electromechanical controls, and related components worldwide. Parker Hannifin Corporation has a market cap of $12.41 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.1, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Parker Hannifin Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Parker Hannifin as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), down 19.4%, Nobility Homes ( NOBH), down 14.8%, Wuhan General Group ( WUHN), down 9.7%, and SmartHeat ( HEAT), down 8.6%, were all losers within the industrial goods sector with Terex ( TEX) 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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