Stratasys Ltd (SSYS): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Stratasys ( SSYS) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Stratasys fell $0.87 (-1.1%) to $82.20 on light volume. Throughout the day, 449,271 shares of Stratasys exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 782,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $82.01-$84.30 after having opened the day at $83.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.07. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 10.2%, Bonso Electronics International ( BNSO), down 8.8%, China Valves Technology ( CVVT), down 8.3% and Broadwind Energy ( BWEN), down 8.3%.
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Stratasys Ltd. provides additive manufacturing (AM) solutions for the creation of parts used in the processes of designing and manufacturing products and for the direct manufacture of end parts. Stratasys has a market cap of $3.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 230.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Stratasys a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stratasys as a hold. 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 and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Exide Technologies ( XIDE), down 24.0%, Art's-Way Manufacturing ( ARTW), down 10.1%, IntriCon Corporation ( IIN), down 9.2% and American Electric Technologies ( AETI), down 7.7%.

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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