3D Systems Corporation (DDD): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, 3D Systems Corporation fell $1.34 (-4.2%) to $30.66 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6.8 million shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of five million shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.90-$32.24 after having opened the day at $32.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Ecotality ( ECTY), down 8.6%, China Valves Technology ( CVVT), down 7%, Metalico ( MEA), down 5.3%, and Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 3.9%.
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3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets 3D printers, print materials, on-demand custom parts services, and 3D authoring solutions for professionals and consumers. 3D Systems Corporation has a market cap of $2.99 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 69.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 10% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are four analysts that rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3D Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), up 10.7%, ExOne ( XONE), up 9.2%, Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), up 6.6%, and NN ( NNBR), up 4.9%, were all gainers within the industrial industry with Siemens ( SI) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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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