Honeywell International Inc. (HON): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Honeywell International ( HON) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Honeywell International fell $0.97 (-1.2%) to $78.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,274,833 shares of Honeywell International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,653,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $78.54-$79.68 after having opened the day at $79.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $79.77. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: MRC Global ( MRC), down 14.1%, Daktronics ( DAKT), down 7.7%, Metalico ( MEA), down 6.3% and Ecotality ( ECTY), down 6.0%.
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Honeywell International Inc. operates as a diversified technology and manufacturing company worldwide. Honeywell International has a market cap of $62.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Honeywell International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honeywell International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), down 52.4%, UQM Technologies ( UQM), down 12.7%, China BAK Battery ( CBAK), down 11.3% and Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), down 11.0% , were all gainers within the industrial industry with 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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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