Donaldson Company Inc. (DCI): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

Donaldson Company ( DCI) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Donaldson Company rose 49 cents (1.5%) to $33.03 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 908,302 shares of Donaldson Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 518,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.58-$34 after having opened the day at $33.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.54. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), up 9.6%, Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corp ( APWC), up 6.8%, Beazer Homes USA ( BZH), up 6.7%, and Compx International ( CIX), up 4.9%.

Donaldson Company, Inc. engages in the manufacture and sale of filtration systems and replacement parts worldwide. The company operates in two segments, Engine Products and Industrial Products. Donaldson Company has a market cap of $5.04 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.9, below the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 21 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is one analyst that rates Donaldson Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Donaldson Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

On the negative front, Wuhan General Group ( WUHN), down 33.7%, Wowjoint Holdings ( BWOW), down 20.5%, Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), down 12.3%, and Presstek ( PRST), down 10.1%, were all losers within the industrial goods sector with Fluor Corporation ( FLR) 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).
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