Rockwell Collins Inc. (COL): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

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Rockwell Collins ( COL) 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, Rockwell Collins rose 92 cents (1.7%) to $54.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 798,133 shares of Rockwell Collins exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of one million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.79-$54.86 after having opened the day at $53.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.60. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: CUI Global ( CUI), up 12.5%, Aerosonic Corporation ( AIM), up 10.9%, Edwards Group ( EVAC), up 10.6%, and Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), up 7.3%.
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Rockwell Collins, Inc. designs, produces, and supports communications and aviation electronics for commercial and military customers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Government Systems and Commercial Systems. Rockwell Collins has a market cap of $7.61 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 13, above the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of 12.7 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 3.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Rockwell Collins a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Collins as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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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