Rockwell Automation (ROK): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

Rockwell Automation ( ROK) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Rockwell Automation rose $1.95 (2.3%) to $86.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 485,013 shares of Rockwell Automation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 887,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $85.33-$86.79 after having opened the day at $85.69 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.79. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 8.3%, Tessco Technologies ( TESS), up 6.2%, Taitron Components Inc. Class A ( TAIT), up 5.4% and InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 5.1%.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation power, control, and information solutions. It operates in two segments, Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. Rockwell Automation has a market cap of $11.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Rockwell Automation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Armco Metals Holdings ( CNAM), down 6.0%, Hudson Technology ( HDSN), down 3.9% and Empire Resources Incorporated ( ERS), down 2.4%.

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