United Technologies Corp (UTX): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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United Technologies ( UTX) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, United Technologies fell $1.99 (-2.1%) to $94.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,396,139 shares of United Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,337,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $94.18-$96.40 after having opened the day at $96.05 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.17. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Exide Technologies ( XIDE), down 16.0%, WSI Industries ( WSCI), down 7.2%, China Ming Yang Wind Power Group ( MY), down 5.9% and UQM Technologies ( UQM), down 5.3%.
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United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. United Technologies has a market cap of $87.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.5, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate United Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, MFRI ( MFRI), down 12.4%, Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corp ( APWC), down 7.1%, Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), down 6.3% and IntriCon Corporation ( IIN), down 4.8% , were all gainers within the industrial industry with Proto Labs ( PRLB) 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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