Stanley Black & Decker Inc (SWK): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Stanley Black & Decker rose $1.51 (1.8%) to $84.02 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,837,754 shares of Stanley Black & Decker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,014,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $83.10-$84.74 after having opened the day at $83.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.51. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 13.6%, Compx International ( CIX), up 8.1%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 5.8% and Simpson Manufacturing ( SSD), up 4.7%.

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. provides power and hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic security and monitoring systems for various industrial applications primarily in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Stanley Black & Decker has a market cap of $13.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 11.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Stanley Black & Decker a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stanley Black & Decker 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 and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Global-Tech Advanced Innovations ( GAI), down 15.5%, Altra Holdings ( AIMC), down 15.0%, Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), down 11.6% and Columbus McKinnon Corporation ( CMCO), down 9.9% , were all laggards within the industrial industry with Dresser-Rand Group ( DRC) being today's industrial industry laggard.

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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