Danaher Corporation (DHR): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

Danaher Corporation ( DHR) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Danaher Corporation fell $1.02 (-1.6%) to $63.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,164,346 shares of Danaher Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,023,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.46-$64.76 after having opened the day at $64.59 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.70. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: China Valves Technology ( CVVT), down 9.7%, China BAK Battery ( CBAK), down 7.3%, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 6.1% and JinkoSolar ( JKS), down 5.1%.

Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services primarily in North America, Europe, and Asia/Australia. Danaher Corporation has a market cap of $43.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 18.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Danaher Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

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

On the positive front, Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), up 18.2%, Tecumseh Products Company ( TECUB), up 5.5%, Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), up 5.3% and CVD Equipment Corporation ( CVV), up 4.8% , were all gainers within the industrial industry with Terex ( TEX) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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