Pentair Ltd (PNR): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Pentair ( PNR) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Pentair rose $1.30 (3%) to $44.84 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.7 million shares of Pentair exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $43.89-$45.02 after having opened the day at $43.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.54. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), up 16.8%, OSI Systems ( OSIS), up 16.5%, Euro Tech Holdings Company ( CLWT), up 14.5%, and Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), up 6.9%.
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Pentair Ltd. delivers products, services, and solutions for water and other fluids, thermal management, and equipment protection in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region. Pentair has a market cap of $9.17 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 175, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 31.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Pentair a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pentair as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), down 10%, Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), down 7.6%, Ultralife Batteries ( ULBI), down 6.7%, and Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), down 6.2%, were all laggards within the industrial industry with Gardner Denver ( GDI) 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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