Allegheny Technologies Inc (ATI): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Allegheny Technologies ( ATI) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Allegheny Technologies fell 64 cents (-2%) to $30.77 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Allegheny Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.9 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.57-$31.13 after having opened the day at $31.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.41. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: China BAK Battery ( CBAK), down 12.4%, Bonso Electronics International ( BNSO), down 8.6%, ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), down 8.4%, and P & F Industries ( PFIN), down 7.8%.

Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) engages in the production of specialty metals worldwide. It operates in three segments: High Performance Metals, Flat-Rolled Products, and Engineered Products. Allegheny Technologies has a market cap of $3.48 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.9, above the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 17.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 31% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Allegheny Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Allegheny Technologies as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including poor profit margins, a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), up 15.6%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), up 12.3%, Taylor Devices ( TAYD), up 5.7%, and Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 5.2%, were all gainers within the industrial industry with Eaton ( ETN) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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