Xylem Inc (XYL): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Xylem ( XYL) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Xylem rose $0.70 (2.5%) to $28.23 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,730,435 shares of Xylem exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,716,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $28.02-$28.40 after having opened the day at $28.16 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.53. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Wowjoint Holdings ( BWOW), up 28.0%, Zoltek Companies ( ZOLT), up 12.7%, Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), up 9.8% and Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), up 7.3%.

Xylem Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and application of engineered technologies for water and wastewater applications. The company operates in two segments, Water Infrastructure and Applied Water. Xylem has a market cap of $5.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Xylem a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xylem as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Ecotality ( ECTY), down 10.1%, CVD Equipment Corporation ( CVV), down 6.4%, ExOne ( XONE), down 6.1% and Fuel Tech ( FTEK), down 5.9% , were all laggards within the industrial industry with Deere ( DE) 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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