Danaher Corporation (DHR): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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Danaher Corporation ( DHR) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Danaher Corporation rose $0.92 (1.2%) to $77.48 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,080,595 shares of Danaher Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,295,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $76.58-$77.56 after having opened the day at $77.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.56. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), up 21.6%, Material Sciences Corporation ( MASC), up 13.5%, Highpower International ( HPJ), up 12.9% and Broadwind Energy ( BWEN), up 10.9%.

Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services worldwide. Danaher Corporation has a market cap of $53.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Danaher Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Danaher Corporation 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 10.0%, China BAK Battery ( CBAK), down 9.4%, Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), down 8.4% and China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 7.3% , were all laggards within the industrial industry with Chart Industries ( GTLS) 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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