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

Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Stanley Black & Decker rose 36 cents (0.5%) to $72.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Stanley Black & Decker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.60-$72.79 after having opened the day at $71.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.22. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: NN ( NNBR), up 25.5%, Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), up 20.1%, TRC Companies ( TRR), up 12.8%, and UQM Technologies ( UQM), up 8.3%.

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 $12.52 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19, below the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 19.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 negative front, Tutor Perini ( TPC), down 14.5%, Wuhan General Group ( WUHN), down 9.9%, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 9.8%, and Wowjoint Holdings ( BWOW), down 6.7%, were all losers within the industrial goods sector with Allegheny Technologies ( ATI) 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).