Rockwell Automation Inc (ROK): Today's Featured Wholesale Laggard

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Rockwell Automation ( ROK) pushed the Wholesale industry lower today making it today's featured Wholesale laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Rockwell Automation fell $1.31 (-1.1%) to $116.52 on average volume. Throughout the day, 627,431 shares of Rockwell Automation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 692,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $116.12-$118.74 after having opened the day at $118.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $117.83. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that declined today were: Bluelinx Holdings ( BXC), down 6.2%, China Auto Logistics ( CALI), down 5.6%, Prestige Brands Holdings ( PBH), down 3.3% and HD Supply Holdings ( HDS), down 3.1%.

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 $16.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Rockwell Automation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 7 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 positive front, Watsco ( WSO.B), up 22.8%, Huttig Building Products ( HBP), up 10.2%, China Metro-Rural Holdings ( CNR), up 7.6% and Addvantage Technologies Group ( AEY), up 5.0%.

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