Illinois Tool Works Inc (ITW): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

Illinois Tool Works ( ITW) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Illinois Tool Works rose $2.24 (4.4%) to $52.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4.9 million shares of Illinois Tool Works exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.33-$53.05 after having opened the day at $50.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.50. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: China BAK Battery ( CBAK), up 13.4%, Ecotality ( ECTY), up 8.3%, Mueller Water Products ( MWA), up 8.1%, and A.O. Smith Corporation ( AOS), up 6.1%.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. manufactures various industrial products and equipment worldwide. Illinois Tool Works has a market cap of $24.23 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.2, above the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 12.8 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Illinois Tool Works a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Illinois Tool Works 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, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Valence Technology ( VLNC), down 50%, A123 Systems ( AONE), down 9.1%, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 8.7%, and China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 5%, were all losers within the industrial industry with ABB ( ABB) 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).