3M Co (MMM): Today's Featured Conglomerates Winner

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3M ( MMM) pushed the Conglomerates sector higher today making it today's featured conglomerates winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, 3M rose $1.78 (1.4%) to $128.61 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,882,335 shares of 3M exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,633,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $127.85-$128.80 after having opened the day at $128.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $126.83. Other companies within the Conglomerates sector that increased today were: Icahn ( IEP), up 3.3%, MGT Capital Investments ( MGT), up 2.9%, United Technologies ( UTX), up 1.9% and Dow Chemical ( DOW), up 1.7%.

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. 3M has a market cap of $85.1 billion and is part of the conglomerates industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 36.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate 3M a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, AcelRx Pharmaceuticals ( ACRX), down 2.7%, Global Eagle Entertainment ( ENT), down 2.6% and Pingtan Marine Enterprise ( PME), down 2.1%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the conglomerates sector could consider SPDR Trust Series 1 ( SPY) while those bearish on the conglomerates sector could consider ProShares Short S&P 500 ( SH).

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