Gardner Denver Inc. (GDI): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Gardner Denver ( GDI) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Gardner Denver rose $2.59 (3.6%) to $73.62 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of Gardner Denver exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.54-$73.68 after having opened the day at $70.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.03. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Broadwind Energy ( BWEN), up 10.5%, Dixie Group ( DXYN), up 9.2%, Stratasys ( SSYS), up 7.1%, and Tower International ( TOWR), up 6.3%.
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Gardner Denver, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets engineered industrial machinery and related parts and services primarily in North America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia. The company operates in two segments, Industrial Products Group and Engineered Products Group. Gardner Denver has a market cap of $3.49 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Gardner Denver a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Gardner Denver as a buy. Among the primary strengths of the company is its solid financial position based on a variety of debt and liquidity measures that we have evaluated. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, JinkoSolar ( JKS), down 13%, Electro Scientific Industries ( ESIO), down 6.3%, Ameresco ( AMRC), down 4.8%, and China Ming Yang Wind Power Group ( MY), down 4.5%, were all laggards within the industrial industry with Terex ( TEX) being today's industrial industry laggard.

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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