Allegheny Technologies Inc (ATI): Industrial's Featured Daily Laggard

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Allegheny Technologies ( ATI) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Allegheny Technologies fell 80 cents (-2.6%) to $30.21 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Allegheny Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.8 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.81-$31.20 after having opened the day at $31.04 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.01. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 10.5%, Euro Tech Holdings Company ( CLWT), down 7.5%, Taylor Devices ( TAYD), down 6.9%, and Ultralife Batteries ( ULBI), down 5.4%.
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Allegheny Technologies Incorporated engages in the production and sale of specialty metals worldwide. It operates in three segments: High Performance Metals, Flat-Rolled Products, and Engineered Products. Allegheny Technologies has a market cap of $3.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 2.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Allegheny Technologies a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Allegheny Technologies as a hold. 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. At the same time, however, we also find weaknesses including a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself, poor profit margins and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Metalico ( MEA), up 17.5%, Adept Technology ( ADEP), up 10.1%, Research Frontiers ( REFR), up 9.2%, and China Valves Technology ( CVVT), up 8.7%, were all gainers within the industrial industry with Illinois Tool Works ( ITW) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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