Rockwell Automation Incorporated (ROK): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Rockwell Automation Incorporated ( ROK) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Rockwell Automation Incorporated rose $0.84 (1.0%) to $84.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 984,142 shares of Rockwell Automation Incorporated exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,022,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $82.03-$84.38 after having opened the day at $83.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.18. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Met-Pro Corporation ( MPR), up 39.4%, Exide Technologies ( XIDE), up 10.7%, Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), up 8.7% and P & F Industries ( PFIN), up 6.1%.
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Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation power, control, and information solutions. It operates in two segments, Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. Rockwell Automation Incorporated has a market cap of $11.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.6, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Automation Incorporated as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, increase in stock price during the past year and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), down 8.1%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), down 7.2%, PMFG ( PMFG), down 6.1% and OSI Systems ( OSIS), down 5.0% , were all laggards within the industrial industry with 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) being today's industrial industry laggard.

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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