Gardner Denver Inc. (GDI): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Gardner Denver ( GDI) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Gardner Denver fell $1.18 (-1.7%) to $68.40 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of Gardner Denver exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 529,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $67.23-$70.05 after having opened the day at $69.61 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.58. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: 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%.
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Gardner Denver, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets engineered industrial machinery and related parts and services primarily in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia. The company operates in two segments, Industrial Products Group and Engineered Products Group. Gardner Denver has a market cap of $3.38 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Gardner Denver a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gardner Denver 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, 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%, were all gainers within the industrial industry with Pentair ( PNR) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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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