Today's Industrial Industry Featured Laggard: Deere & Co (DE)

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Deere ( DE) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, Deere fell $1.04 (-1.2%) to $84.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.2 million shares of Deere exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of three million shares. The stock ranged in price between $83.70-$85.41 after having opened the day at $85.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.08. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: China Valves Technology ( CVVT), down 15.2%, Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), down 10.9%, ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), down 10.5%, and Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 9.5%.
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Deere & Company manufactures and distributes agriculture and turf equipment, and construction and forestry equipment worldwide. Deere has a market cap of $33.49 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Deere a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deere as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year, impressive record of earnings per share growth and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Broadwind Energy ( BWEN), up 8.7%, Servotronics ( SVT), up 6.9%, Gulf Island Fabrication ( GIFI), up 3.2%, and Alamo Group ( ALG), up 2.7%, were all gainers within the industrial industry with General Electric ( GE) 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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