Force Protection ( FRPT) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.7%. By the end of trading, Force Protection rose 4 cents (0.7%) to $5.55 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Force Protection exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $5.51-$5.56 after having opened the day at $5.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $5.51. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Wowjoint Holdings ( BWOW), up 94.2%, Wuhan General Group ( WUHN), up 12.5%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), up 11.7%, and ADA-ES ( ADES), up 10.6%.

Force Protection, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, manufacture, testing, delivery, and support of blast- and ballistic-protected vehicles. The company's specialty vehicles protect their occupants from landmines, hostile fire, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Force Protection has a market cap of $357.1 million and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are unchanged year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Force Protection a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Force Protection as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity, poor profit margins and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, CVD Equipment Corporation ( CVV), down 15.3%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), down 13.7%, Gafisa ( GFA), down 13.4%, and Euro Tech Holdings Company ( CLWT), down 13.3%, were all losers within the industrial goods sector with Parker Hannifin Corporation ( PH) 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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