Pentair Ltd (PNR): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Pentair ( PNR) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Pentair fell $0.63 (-1.1%) to $56.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,487,814 shares of Pentair exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,337,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.20-$57.19 after having opened the day at $56.31 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.06. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), down 14.8%, Continental Materials Corporation ( CUO), down 6.9%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), down 6.8% and Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 6.7%.
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Pentair Ltd. delivers products, services, and solutions for water and other fluids, thermal management, and equipment protection in the United States, Europe, Asia, and other regions. Pentair has a market cap of $11.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 16.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Pentair a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Pentair as a buy. 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, solid stock price performance, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Highway Holdings ( HIHO), down 31.6%, Hydrogenics Corporation ( HYGS), down 11.7%, China Ming Yang Wind Power Group ( MY), down 11.1% and China BAK Battery ( CBAK), down 9.6% , were all gainers within the industrial industry with Stratasys ( SSYS) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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