Roper Industries Inc. (ROP): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Roper Industries ( ROP) 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, Roper Industries fell $4.39 (-3.4%) to $126.82 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 834,054 shares of Roper Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 490,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $125.98-$129.00 after having opened the day at $127.41 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $131.21. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Hardinge ( HDNG), down 6.3%, Energy Recovery ( ERII), down 5.6%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), down 5.3% and Alamo Group ( ALG), down 5.2%.

Roper Industries, Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes radio frequency (RF) products and services, industrial technology products, energy systems and controls, and medical and scientific imaging products and software. Roper Industries has a market cap of $13.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 18.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Roper Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Roper Industries 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, revenue growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 16.7%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 14.9%, UQM Technologies ( UQM), up 12.8% and JinkoSolar ( JKS), up 7.4%.

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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