Cummins Inc (CMI): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Cummins ( CMI) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Cummins rose $1.28 (1.3%) to $100.03 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4.7 million shares of Cummins exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $99.04-$101.42 after having opened the day at $99.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.75. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Wowjoint Holdings ( BWOW), up 17.7%, China Valves Technology ( CVVT), up 10.2%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), up 8.7%, and Ecotality ( ECTY), up 6.5%.
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Cummins Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes, and services diesel and natural gas engines, and engine-related component products worldwide. It operates in four segments: Engine, Components, Power Generation, and Distribution. Cummins has a market cap of $17.82 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Cummins a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Skullcandy ( SKUL), down 14.2%, Advanced Emissions Solutions ( ADES), down 12.5%, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 10.5%, and China BAK Battery ( CBAK), down 8%, were all laggards within the industrial industry with Deere ( DE) being today's industrial industry laggard.

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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