Emerson Electric Co. (EMR): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Loser

Emerson Electric ( EMR) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Emerson Electric fell 23 cents (-0.5%) to $44.71 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Emerson Electric exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.46-$44.99 after having opened the day at $44.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.94. Other company's within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: Gardner Denver ( GDI), down 8.6%, AerCap Holdings N.V ( AER), down 6.4%, Omega Flex ( OFLX), down 5.6%, and Tri-Tech ( TRIT), down 5.3%.

Emerson Electric Co. operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. It engages in designing and supplying products and technology, and delivering engineering services and solutions to industrial, commercial, and consumer markets. Emerson Electric has a market cap of $32.3 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, above the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 14 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Emerson Electric a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Emerson Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, growth in earnings per share, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), up 7.7%, China Advanced Construction Materials Group ( CADC), up 7.1%, Presstek ( PRST), up 6.4%, and Breeze-Eastern Corporation ( BZC), up 5.7%, were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with DR Horton ( DHI) being today's featured industrial goods sector winner.

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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