Stanley Black & Decker Inc (SWK): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Laggard

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Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Stanley Black & Decker fell $1.40 (-1.7%) to $80.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,299,416 shares of Stanley Black & Decker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,497,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $80.49-$82.49 after having opened the day at $82.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.05. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: JinkoSolar ( JKS), down 9.7%, Real Goods Solar ( RSOL), down 5.5%, China Ceramics ( CCCL), down 5.0% and Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), down 4.4%.

Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. provides power and hand tools, mechanical access solutions, and electronic security and monitoring systems for various industrial applications primarily in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Stanley Black & Decker has a market cap of $12.6 billion and is part of the industrial industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Stanley Black & Decker a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 8 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stanley Black & Decker as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, impressive record of earnings per share growth and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Adept Technology ( ADEP), up 16.0%, Fuel Tech ( FTEK), up 14.0%, Advanced Emissions Solutions ( ADES), up 9.9% and Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 7.6% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with Flowserve Corporation ( FLS) being today's featured industrial goods sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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