AGCO Corp (AGCO): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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AGCO ( AGCO) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, AGCO rose 55 cents (1%) to $54.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 909,268 shares of AGCO exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of one million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $53.54-$54.52 after having opened the day at $53.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.97. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), up 12.5%, Coleman Cable ( CCIX), up 10.7%, Metalico ( MEA), up 8.4%, and Ecotality ( ECTY), up 8.3%.
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AGCO Corporation manufactures and distributes agricultural equipment and related replacement parts worldwide. AGCO has a market cap of $5.11 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate AGCO a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AGCO as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, 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 has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the negative front, JinkoSolar ( JKS), down 10.1%, Energy Recovery ( ERII), down 7.8%, ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), down 5.9%, and Continental Materials Corporation ( CUO), down 4.2%, were all laggards within the industrial industry with Joy Global ( JOY) 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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