Illinois Tool Works Inc (ITW): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

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Illinois Tool Works ( ITW) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Illinois Tool Works rose $0.78 (1.1%) to $70.16 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,852,933 shares of Illinois Tool Works exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,443,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $69.08-$70.20 after having opened the day at $69.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $69.38. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Comstock ( CHCI), up 30.7%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 15.2%, Guanwei Recycling ( GPRC), up 13.9% and Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), up 10.8%.
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Illinois Tool Works Inc. manufactures and sells a range of industrial products and equipment worldwide. Illinois Tool Works has a market cap of $30.8 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Illinois Tool Works a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Illinois Tool Works 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, increase in stock price during the past year and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, ExOne ( XONE), down 15.3%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 10.0%, Pike Electric Corporation ( PIKE), down 8.5% and MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 8.1% , were all laggards within the industrial goods sector with Toll Brothers ( TOL) 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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