Emerson Electric Co. (EMR): Today's Featured Industrial Loser

Emerson Electric ( EMR) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.8%. By the end of trading, Emerson Electric fell $1.16 (-2.3%) to $50.38 on light volume. Throughout the day, 3.4 million shares of Emerson Electric exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $49.80-$51.23 after having opened the day at $51.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.54. Other company's within the Industrial industry that declined today were: A.M. Castle ( CAS), down 30.6%, Ecotality ( ECTY), down 10.7%, Material Sciences Corporation ( MSC), down 9.4%, and LSI Industries ( LYTS), down 9.1%.

Emerson Electric Co. operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. It engages in designing and supplying products and technology, and delivering engineering services and solutions to industrial, commercial, and consumer markets. Emerson Electric has a market cap of $37.17 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.6, above the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 15.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 9.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Emerson Electric a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Emerson Electric 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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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