Stanley Black & Decker Inc (SWK): Today's Featured Industrial Loser

Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, Stanley Black & Decker fell $1.28 (-1.7%) to $73.16 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Stanley Black & Decker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $72.96-$74.26 after having opened the day at $74.26 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.44. Other company's within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Wuhan General Group ( WUHN), down 26.4%, Tower International ( TOWR), down 9.5%, A123 Systems ( AONE), down 8.9%, and China Development Group Corporation ( CTDC), down 8.5%.

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. provides power and hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic security and monitoring systems primarily in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Canada. Stanley Black & Decker has a market cap of $12.62 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Stanley Black & Decker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stanley Black & Decker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), up 17%, Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), up 7.5%, Presstek ( PRST), up 7.4%, and Plug Power ( PLUG), up 6.5%, were all gainers within the industrial industry with EnerSys ( ENS) being today's featured industrial industry winner.

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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