Parker Hannifin Corporation (PH): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

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Parker Hannifin Corporation ( PH) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Parker Hannifin Corporation rose $1.10 (1.2%) to $94.05 on average volume. Throughout the day, 918,998 shares of Parker Hannifin Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,192,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $93.12-$94.45 after having opened the day at $93.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.95. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Coleman Cable ( CCIX), up 19.1%, Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), up 13.9%, Frontline ( FRO), up 11.9% and Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), up 10.4%.
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Parker Hannifin Corporation manufactures fluid power systems, electromechanical controls, and related components worldwide. Parker Hannifin Corporation has a market cap of $13.9 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Parker Hannifin Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Parker Hannifin Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Research Frontiers ( REFR), down 14.3%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 14.2%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 10.4% and LMI Aerospace ( LMIA), down 9.5% , were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with McDermott International ( MDR) being today's industrial goods sector laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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