Deere & Co (DE): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Deere ( DE) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Deere fell $1.06 (-1.3%) to $83.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,230,021 shares of Deere exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,199,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $82.68-$84.72 after having opened the day at $84.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.13. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Ecotality ( ECTY), down 10.1%, CVD Equipment Corporation ( CVV), down 6.4%, ExOne ( XONE), down 6.1% and Fuel Tech ( FTEK), down 5.9%.

Deere & Company manufactures and distributes agriculture and turf equipment, and construction and forestry equipment worldwide. Deere has a market cap of $32.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Deere a buy, 5 analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deere as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, 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% , were all gainers within the industrial industry with Xylem ( XYL) 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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