3D Systems Corporation (DDD): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, 3D Systems Corporation fell $0.55 (-1.1%) to $50.06 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,723,209 shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,707,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $49.78-$51.82 after having opened the day at $51.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.61. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: ExOne ( XONE), down 8.8%, Bonso Electronics International ( BNSO), down 8.2%, Skullcandy ( SKUL), down 4.0% and Metalico ( MEA), down 3.5%.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets 3D printers, print materials, on-demand custom parts services, and 3D authoring solutions for professionals and consumers. 3D Systems Corporation has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 41.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3D Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins 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 positive front, Allegheny Technologies ( ATI), up 8.1%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 7.4%, China Valves Technology ( CVVT), up 7.2% and Exide Technologies ( XIDE), up 6.5% , were all gainers within the industrial industry with Eaton Corporation ( ETN) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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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