Emerson Electric Co. (EMR): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Emerson Electric ( EMR) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1%. By the end of trading, Emerson Electric rose 57 cents (1.2%) to $49.12 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Emerson Electric exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.8 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $48.68-$49.12 after having opened the day at $48.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.55. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Energy Recovery ( ERII), up 8.9%, Hollysys Automation Technologies ( HOLI), up 8.1%, Ultralife Batteries ( ULBI), up 7.6%, and Exide Technologies ( XIDE), up 7%.
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Emerson Electric Co. operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. It engages in designing and supplying products and technology, and delivering engineering services and solutions to industrial, commercial, and consumer markets. Emerson Electric has a market cap of $35.31 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Emerson Electric a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Emerson Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. 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 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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