Precision Castparts Corp. (PCP): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Precision Castparts ( PCP) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Precision Castparts rose $2.81 (1.3%) to $219.80 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,107,775 shares of Precision Castparts exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 688,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $214.87-$220.52 after having opened the day at $217.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $216.99. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: UQM Technologies ( UQM), up 18.8%, China Yuchai International ( CYD), up 12.7%, CVD Equipment Corporation ( CVV), up 8.5% and Energy Recovery ( ERII), up 5.5%.

Precision Castparts Corp. manufactures metal components and products worldwide. Precision Castparts has a market cap of $31.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 14.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Precision Castparts a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Precision Castparts 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Active Power ( ACPW), down 13.7%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 11.0%, Euro Tech Holdings Company ( CLWT), down 6.9% and IntriCon Corporation ( IIN), down 6.8% , were all laggards within the industrial industry with Generac Holdings ( GNRC) 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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