5 Stocks Pushing The Industrial Goods Sector Higher

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 51 points (0.4%) at 13,835 as of Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, 11:49 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,532 issues advancing vs. 1,325 declining with 146 unchanged.

The Industrial Goods sector currently sits up 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. Top gainers within the sector include Makita ( MKTAY), up 4.9%, Kubota Corporation ( KUB), up 4.2%, Masco Corporation ( MAS), up 2.3%, DR Horton ( DHI), up 2.1% and ABB ( ABB), up 1.2%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the sector higher today:

5. Precision Castparts ( PCP) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial Goods sector higher today. As of noon trading, Precision Castparts is up $1.25 (0.7%) to $181.86 on light volume Thus far, 189,313 shares of Precision Castparts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 672,000 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $181.15-$182.61 after having opened the day at $181.47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $180.61.

Precision Castparts Corp. manufactures and sells metal components and products worldwide. Precision Castparts has a market cap of $27.0 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Precision Castparts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Precision Castparts 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, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Precision Castparts Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Weyerhaeuser ( WY) is up $0.28 (1.0%) to $29.06 on average volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Weyerhaeuser exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $28.83-$29.30 after having opened the day at $29.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.78.

Weyerhaeuser Company, a forest products company, grows and harvests trees, builds homes, and manufactures forest products worldwide. It grows and harvests trees for use as lumber, other wood and building products, and pulp and paper. Weyerhaeuser has a market cap of $16.2 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Weyerhaeuser a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Weyerhaeuser as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Weyerhaeuser Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, PulteGroup ( PHM) is up $0.60 (3.3%) to $18.62 on average volume Thus far, 6.5 million shares of PulteGroup exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 9.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $18.02-$19.03 after having opened the day at $18.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.02.

PulteGroup, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in homebuilding and financial services businesses primarily in the United States. PulteGroup has a market cap of $7.3 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 35.0, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate PulteGroup a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates PulteGroup as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full PulteGroup Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, United Technologies ( UTX) is up $0.41 (0.5%) to $88.78 on light volume Thus far, 914,890 shares of United Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $88.75-$89.53 after having opened the day at $89.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $88.37.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. United Technologies has a market cap of $82.9 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate United Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full United Technologies Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, General Electric ( GE) is up $0.13 (0.6%) to $22.94 on average volume Thus far, 20.1 million shares of General Electric exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 42.8 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $22.91-$23.14 after having opened the day at $22.98 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $22.81.

General Electric Company operates as a technology and financial services company worldwide. General Electric has a market cap of $245.3 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate General Electric a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full General Electric Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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