4 Stocks Pushing The Industrial Goods Sector Lower

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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 4 stocks pushing the sector lower today:

4. GrafTech International ( GTI) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial Goods sector lower today. As of noon trading, GrafTech International is down $0.83 (-9.8%) to $7.62 on heavy volume Thus far, 2.3 million shares of GrafTech International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $7.55-$8.60 after having opened the day at $8.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.45.

GrafTech International Ltd. engages in the manufacture and sale of synthetic and natural graphite and carbon based products worldwide. It operates in two segments, Industrial Materials and Engineered Solutions. GrafTech International has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 8.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 6.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate GrafTech International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates GrafTech International as a hold. 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 attractive valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity. Get the full GrafTech International Ratings Report now.

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