Ingersoll-Rand PLC (IR): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Ingersoll-Rand ( IR) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Ingersoll-Rand rose $0.59 (1.0%) to $58.76 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,345,542 shares of Ingersoll-Rand exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,990,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $58.41-$59.00 after having opened the day at $58.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.17. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: UQM Technologies ( UQM), up 22.0%, ExOne ( XONE), up 9.7%, Servotronics ( SVT), up 7.2% and Arotech Corporation ( ARTX), up 6.7%.

Ingersoll-Rand plc engages in the design, manufacture, sale, and service of a diverse portfolio of industrial and commercial products in the United States and internationally. Ingersoll-Rand has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 21.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Ingersoll-Rand a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ingersoll-Rand as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 7.9%, Tower International ( TOWR), down 6.2%, WSI Industries ( WSCI), down 4.5% and Broadwind Energy ( BWEN), down 4.4%.

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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