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

Emerson Electric ( EMR) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Emerson Electric rose 79 cents (1.5%) to $52.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Emerson Electric exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of four million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52-$52.86 after having opened the day at $52.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.88. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: A123 Systems ( AONE), up 16.7%, Omega Flex ( OFLX), up 11.7%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 10.1%, and Kadant ( KAI), up 9.4%.

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 $37.64 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.1, below the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 16.3 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Emerson Electric a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine 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 notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 11.9%, Wuhan General Group ( WUHN), down 11.2%, Dixie Group ( DXYN), down 9.1%, and American Electric Technologies ( AETI), down 8.3%, were all losers within the industrial industry with Joy Global ( JOY) being today's industrial industry loser.

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