Precision Castparts Corp. (PCP): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Precision Castparts ( PCP) 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, Precision Castparts rose $2.83 (1.8%) to $164.74 on average volume. Throughout the day, 750,808 shares of Precision Castparts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 739,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $161.43-$164.84 after having opened the day at $162.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $161.91. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), up 9.8%, Tower International ( TOWR), up 9.4%, eMagin Corporation ( EMAN), up 8.2%, and Dynamic Materials Corporation ( BOOM), up 5.8%.

Precision Castparts Corp. manufactures and sells metal components and products worldwide. Precision Castparts has a market cap of $23.17 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.1, equal to the average industrial industry P/E ratio and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Precision Castparts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Precision Castparts as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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).
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