Alliant Techsystems Inc (ATK): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

Alliant Techsystems ( ATK) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, Alliant Techsystems rose $1.05 (2%) to $54.19 on average volume. Throughout the day, 387,620 shares of Alliant Techsystems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 349,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.89-$54.31 after having opened the day at $53.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.14. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Tower International ( TOWR), up 14.2%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 8.4%, Circor International ( CIR), up 8.4%, and Gafisa ( GFA), up 7.8%.

Alliant Techsystems Inc. engages in the supply of aerospace and defense products to the U.S. government, allied nations, and prime contractors. The company also supplies ammunition and related accessories to law enforcement agencies and commercial customers. Alliant Techsystems has a market cap of $1.75 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 6.5, equal to the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Alliant Techsystems a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Alliant Techsystems as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Proto Labs ( PRLB), down 22.1%, Skullcandy ( SKUL), down 13.8%, Albany International Corporation ( AIN), down 13.1%, and Wowjoint Holdings ( BWOW), down 12.5%, were all losers within the industrial goods sector with Cummins ( CMI) 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).