Rockwell Automation (ROK): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Rockwell Automation ( ROK) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Rockwell Automation rose $1.93 (1.8%) to $106.97 on average volume. Throughout the day, 772,582 shares of Rockwell Automation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 805,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $106.09-$107.63 after having opened the day at $106.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $105.04. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: Coast Distribution System ( CRV), up 11.7%, Rada Electronics Industries ( RADA), up 7.8%, Louisiana-Pacific ( LPX), up 5.3% and Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), up 5.1%.

Bytewise: Allen-Bradley unit makes non-contact laser measurement products. Rockwell Automation has a market cap of $14.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 24.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Rockwell Automation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Automation 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 largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Forward Industries ( FORD), down 4.6%, Peerless Systems Corporation ( PRLS), down 3.8%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 3.5% and InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), down 3.2%.

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