ABB ( ABB) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, ABB rose 12 cents (0.7%) to $17.72 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of ABB exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $17.56-$17.94 after having opened the day at $17.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.60. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), up 19.5%, Preformed Line Products Company ( PLPC), up 6.2%, NACCO Industries ( NC), up 4.8%, and ADA-ES ( ADES), up 4.8%. ABB Ltd. provides power and automation technologies for utility and industrial customers worldwide. The company's Power Products division manufactures and sells high- and medium-voltage switchgear and apparatus, circuit breakers, power and distribution transformers, and sensors. ABB has a market cap of $41.16 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.2, above the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 13.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate ABB a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold. TheStreet Ratings rates ABB as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.
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