Rockwell Automation Inc (ROK): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Rockwell Automation ( ROK) 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, Rockwell Automation rose $2.63 (2.4%) to $114.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 812,678 shares of Rockwell Automation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 707,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $111.08-$114.17 after having opened the day at $111.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $111.44. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Tecumseh Products Company ( TECUA), up 5.2%, Cleantech Solutions International ( CLNT), up 4.7%, Metalico ( MEA), up 4.6% and Twin Disc ( TWIN), up 4.6%.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation power, control, and information solutions. It operates in two segments, Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. Rockwell Automation has a market cap of $15.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 20.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 32.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Rockwell Automation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 6 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, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Research Frontiers ( REFR), down 7.9%, Capstone Turbine Corporation ( CPST), down 3.6%, China Ming Yang Wind Power Group ( MY), down 3.1% and Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), down 2.8% , were all laggards within the industrial industry with Proto Labs ( PRLB) 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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