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

3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) 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, 3D Systems Corporation fell $0.60 (-1.2%) to $47.95 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,790,309 shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,712,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.65-$49.25 after having opened the day at $49.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $48.55. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Edwards Group ( EVAC), down 4.8%, CVD Equipment Corporation ( CVV), down 4.5%, Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), down 3.4% and Ecotality ( ECTY), down 3.3%.

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 $4.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 35.8% 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 positive front, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 10.2%, Asia Pacific Wire & Cable Corp ( APWC), up 4.2%, Energy Recovery ( ERII), up 4.1% and THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), up 2.7% , were all gainers within the industrial industry with Colfax Corporation ( CFX) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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