3D Systems Corporation (DDD): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, 3D Systems Corporation rose $0.59 (1.3%) to $47.15 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,686,823 shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,678,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.80-$48.70 after having opened the day at $46.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.56. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: LGL Group ( LGL), up 16.5%, Hydrogenics Corporation ( HYGS), up 7.4%, Bonso Electronics International ( BNSO), up 6.4% and Ecotality ( ECTY), up 4.8%.
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3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets 3D printers, print materials, on-demand custom parts services, and 3D authoring solutions for professionals and consumers. 3D Systems Corporation has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 101.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 30.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3D Systems Corporation 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, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 10.1%, Capstone Turbine Corporation ( CPST), down 9.4%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 5.8% and Edwards Group ( EVAC), down 5.5% , were all laggards within the industrial industry with Terex ( TEX) being today's industrial industry laggard.

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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