Toro Company (TTC): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

Toro Company ( TTC) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.7%. By the end of trading, Toro Company rose 45 cents (0.6%) to $72.78 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 435,146 shares of Toro Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 209,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.61-$73.15 after having opened the day at $72.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.33. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), up 11.6%, Eastern ( EML), up 9%, Continental Materials Corporation ( CUO), up 6.7%, and Material Sciences Corporation ( MSC), up 5.6%.

The Toro Company designs, manufactures, and markets professional turf maintenance equipment and services worldwide. Toro Company has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Toro Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Toro Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, A123 Systems ( AONE), down 13.3%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), down 11.2%, Wowjoint Holdings ( BWOW), down 8.3%, and Bonso Electronics International ( BNSO), down 7.7%, were all losers within the industrial industry with Caterpillar ( CAT) 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).