Ingersoll-Rand PLC (IR): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Ingersoll-Rand ( IR) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Ingersoll-Rand fell 72 cents (-1.4%) to $51.93 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Ingersoll-Rand exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $51.54-$52.53 after having opened the day at $52.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.65. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Energy Recovery ( ERII), down 6.9%, Dresser-Rand Group ( DRC), down 5.7%, GrafTech International ( GTI), down 5.7%, and Zoltek Companies ( ZOLT), down 5.7%.
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Ingersoll-Rand Public Limited Company engages in the design, manufacture, sale, and service of a diverse portfolio of industrial and commercial products in the United States and internationally. Ingersoll-Rand has a market cap of $15.52 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Ingersoll-Rand a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ingersoll-Rand as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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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