Honeywell International Inc. (HON): Today's Highlighted Laggard In Industrial

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Honeywell International ( HON) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.6%. By the end of trading, Honeywell International fell $1.29 (-1.8%) to $71.89 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.9 million shares of Honeywell International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.42-$72.74 after having opened the day at $72.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.18. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: GreenHunter Energy ( GRH), down 9.6%, China Valves Technology ( CVVT), down 8%, Energy Recovery ( ERII), down 7.9%, and Tecumseh Products Company ( TECUB), down 7%.
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Honeywell International Inc. operates as a diversified technology and manufacturing company worldwide. Honeywell International has a market cap of $56.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Honeywell International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honeywell International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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