ABB Ltd. (ABB): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Laggard

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ABB ( ABB) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, ABB fell 25 cents (-1.4%) to $17.13 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of ABB exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.04-$17.20 after having opened the day at $17.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $17.38. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 8.6%, Patrick Industries ( PATK), down 7.7%, Flow International Corporation ( FLOW), down 7.5%, and Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), down 7.5%.

ABB Ltd provides power and automation technologies for utility and industrial customers worldwide. ABB has a market cap of $39.79 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.6, below the average industrial industry P/E ratio of 13.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate ABB a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ABB as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, notable return on equity and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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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