5 Stocks Improving Performance Of The Industrial Industry

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 36 points (0.3%) at 14,562 as of Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:50 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,626 issues advancing vs. 1,256 declining with 162 unchanged.

The Industrial industry currently is unchanged today versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include AGCO ( AGCO), up 1.5%, Pentair ( PNR), up 1.0%, Rockwell Automation Incorporated ( ROK), up 0.8%, Flowserve Corporation ( FLS), up 0.7% and Kubota Corporation ( KUB), up 0.4%.

TheStreet Ratings group would like to highlight 5 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

5. Parker Hannifin Corporation ( PH) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial industry higher today. As of noon trading, Parker Hannifin Corporation is up $0.69 (0.8%) to $90.84 on light volume Thus far, 394,636 shares of Parker Hannifin Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $89.67-$91.33 after having opened the day at $90.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $90.15.

Parker Hannifin Corporation manufactures fluid power systems, electromechanical controls, and related components worldwide. Parker Hannifin Corporation has a market cap of $13.5 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 6.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Parker Hannifin Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Parker Hannifin Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins. Get the full Parker Hannifin Corporation Ratings Report now.

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4. As of noon trading, Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK) is up $0.67 (0.8%) to $80.41 on light volume Thus far, 526,248 shares of Stanley Black & Decker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $79.30-$80.68 after having opened the day at $79.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.74.

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. provides power and hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic security and monitoring systems for various industrial applications primarily in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Stanley Black & Decker has a market cap of $13.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 7.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Stanley Black & Decker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stanley Black & Decker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full Stanley Black & Decker Ratings Report now.

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3. As of noon trading, 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) is up $1.07 (3.5%) to $31.69 on light volume Thus far, 1.8 million shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.3 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $30.90-$31.92 after having opened the day at $31.22 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.62.

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 $2.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 65.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 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. Get the full 3D Systems Corporation Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Cummins ( CMI) is up $0.63 (0.6%) to $114.55 on average volume Thus far, 856,441 shares of Cummins exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $113.82-$115.20 after having opened the day at $113.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.92.

Cummins Inc. designs, manufactures, distributes, and services diesel and natural gas engines, and engine-related component products. It operates in four segments: Engine, Components, Power Generation, and Distribution. Cummins has a market cap of $21.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Cummins a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Cummins as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations, attractive valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Cummins Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Eaton Corporation ( ETN) is up $0.35 (0.6%) to $61.09 on average volume Thus far, 2.0 million shares of Eaton Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $60.60-$61.46 after having opened the day at $60.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $60.74.

Eaton Corporation plc operates as a diversified power management company worldwide. The company operates through Electrical Americas, Electrical Rest of World, Cooper, Hydraulics, Aerospace, Truck, and Automotive segments. Eaton Corporation has a market cap of $28.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Eaton Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Eaton Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Eaton Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 5 stocks, 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).

A reminder about TheStreet Ratings group: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model.

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