Polypore International Inc. (PPO): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

Polypore International ( PPO) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Polypore International rose $1.73 (4.6%) to $39.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Polypore International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $37.30-$39.98 after having opened the day at $37.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $37.55. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Manitex International ( MNTX), up 17.7%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 12.7%, Wuhan General Group ( WUHN), up 10.9%, and Wowjoint Holdings ( BWOW), up 7.5%.

Polypore International, Inc., a technology filtration company, develops, manufactures, and markets specialized microporous membranes used in separation and filtration processes. It operates in two segments, Energy Storage and Separations Media. Polypore International has a market cap of $1.74 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Polypore International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Polypore International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, SmartHeat ( HEAT), down 12.9%, Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), down 9.2%, Presstek ( PRST), down 9%, and A123 Systems ( AONE), down 8%, were all losers within the industrial industry with ABB ( ABB) being today's industrial industry loser.

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