Emerson Electric Co. (EMR): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Emerson Electric ( EMR) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.0%. By the end of trading, Emerson Electric fell $0.70 (-1.1%) to $63.73 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,630,756 shares of Emerson Electric exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,056,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.15-$64.46 after having opened the day at $64.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.43. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: China BAK Battery ( CBAK), down 10.3%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 9.1%, Energy Recovery ( ERII), down 6.9% and Hydrogenics Corporation ( HYGS), down 4.9%.

Emerson Electric Co., a diversified technology company, engages in designing and supplying products and technology, and providing engineering services and solutions to the industrial, commercial, and consumer markets worldwide. Emerson Electric has a market cap of $46.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 22.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Emerson Electric a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Emerson Electric as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, China Valves Technology ( CVVT), up 22.7%, IntriCon Corporation ( IIN), up 11.4%, China Ming Yang Wind Power Group ( MY), up 6.3% and GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), up 4.7%.

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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