Pall Corporation (PLL): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Pall Corporation ( PLL) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Pall Corporation fell $1.36 (-2.2%) to $60.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, 798,975 shares of Pall Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 756,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $60.19-$61.54 after having opened the day at $61.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.60. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), down 4.6%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), down 3.3%, Illinois Tool Works ( ITW), down 3%, and Thermon Group Holdings ( THR), down 2.9%.
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Pall Corporation engages in manufacturing and marketing filtration, purification, and separation products and integrated systems solutions worldwide. Pall Corporation has a market cap of $6.81 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are two analysts that rate Pall Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pall Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, 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 somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Compx International ( CIX), up 8.5%, Luxfer Holdings PLC ADR ( LXFR), up 7.6%, Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL), up 7.5%, and China Valves Technology ( CVVT), up 6.7%, were all gainers within the industrial industry with Eaton Corporation ( ETN) 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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