Deere & Co (DE): Today's Featured Industrial Loser

Deere ( DE) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Deere fell 94 cents (-1.1%) to $82.49 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of Deere exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $82.17-$83.92 after having opened the day at $83.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.43. Other company's within the Industrial industry that declined today were: 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%.

Deere & Company provides products and services primarily for agriculture and forestry worldwide. Deere has a market cap of $33.49 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Deere a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deere as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Tower International ( TOWR), up 14.2%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 8.4%, Circor International ( CIR), up 8.4%, and NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), up 6.6%, were all gainers within the industrial industry with Polypore International ( PPO) 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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