Stratasys Ltd (SSYS): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Stratasys ( SSYS) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Stratasys rose $3.65 (3.1%) to $122.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,504,697 shares of Stratasys exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,290,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $119.06-$123.52 after having opened the day at $120.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.84. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), up 8.2%, Ultralife Batteries ( ULBI), up 3.6%, Taylor Devices ( TAYD), up 3.1% and Gencor Industries ( GENC), up 2.9%.

Stratasys Ltd. provides additive manufacturing (AM) solutions for the creation of parts used in the processes of designing and manufacturing products and for the direct manufacture of end parts. Stratasys has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 203.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 46.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Stratasys a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stratasys as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, Chicago Rivet & Machine ( CVR), down 14.1%, UQM Technologies ( UQM), down 6.3%, ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), down 6.0% and Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), down 5.5% , were all laggards within the industrial industry with Deere ( DE) 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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