Stanley Black & Decker Inc (SWK): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Stanley Black & Decker fell $1 (-1.4%) to $71.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of Stanley Black & Decker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.78-$73.07 after having opened the day at $73.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.99. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Tecumseh Products Company ( TECUB), down 9.1%, L.S. Starrett Company ( SCX), down 7.2%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), down 7%, and Tecumseh Products Company ( TECUA), down 6.6%.
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Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. provides power and hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic security and monitoring systems primarily in the United States, Europe, Latin America, and Canada. Stanley Black & Decker has a market cap of $12.2 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 8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Stanley Black & Decker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stanley Black & Decker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins 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.

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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