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

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Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Stanley Black & Decker fell $1.86 (-2.3%) to $79.53 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,344,313 shares of Stanley Black & Decker exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,521,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $79.41-$81.55 after having opened the day at $81.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.39. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Adept Technology ( ADEP), down 9.6%, Gulf Island Fabrication ( GIFI), down 7.5%, LSI Industries ( LYTS), down 6.3% and Hollysys Automation Technologies ( HOLI), down 5.7%.

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 goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.5% 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, reasonable valuation levels, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and impressive record of earnings per share growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Highway Holdings ( HIHO), up 12.9%, Sifco Industries ( SIF), up 8.5%, Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), up 7.8% and Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 6.3% , were all gainers within the industrial industry with Chart Industries ( GTLS) 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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