Gardner Denver Inc. (GDI): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

Gardner Denver ( GDI) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Gardner Denver rose 56 cents (1.1%) to $52.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 811,473 shares of Gardner Denver exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 931,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $51.02-$52.59 after having opened the day at $51.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.91. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Fuel Tech ( FTEK), up 7.1%, Wuhan General Group ( WUHN), up 6.7%, Dynamic Materials Corporation ( BOOM), up 6.6%, and Hallwood Group ( HWG), up 6.5%.

Gardner Denver, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets engineered industrial machinery and related parts and services primarily in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia. The company operates in two segments, Industrial Products Group and Engineered Products Group. Gardner Denver has a market cap of $2.71 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.2, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 32.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Gardner Denver a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gardner Denver as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, China Development Group Corporation ( CTDC), down 11.7%, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 9.3%, UQM Technologies ( UQM), down 8.7%, and Valence Technology ( VLNC), down 7.5%, were all losers within the industrial industry with Ingersoll-Rand ( IR) being today's industrial industry loser.

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).