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

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Gardner Denver ( GDI) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Gardner Denver rose 81 cents (1.3%) to $62.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 700,271 shares of Gardner Denver exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 778,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $61.81-$62.98 after having opened the day at $61.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.63. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: A.M. Castle ( CAS), up 26.8%, Daktronics ( DAKT), up 17%, Nordson Corporation ( NDSN), up 11%, and Adept Technology ( ADEP), up 10.5%.

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 $2.94 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.2, above the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 10.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 20% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Gardner Denver a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three 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 impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), down 8.5%, Energy Solutions ( ES), down 6.6%, Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), down 5.2%, and Granite Construction ( GVA), down 5%, were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with KB Home ( KBH) being today's industrial goods sector laggard.

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).