Darling International Inc. (DAR): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Laggard

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Darling International ( DAR) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Darling International fell $0.24 (-1.2%) to $20.54 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,468,607 shares of Darling International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,151,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $20.26-$20.89 after having opened the day at $20.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $20.78. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 10.0%, China BAK Battery ( CBAK), down 9.4%, Tecnoglass ( TGLS), down 8.5% and Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), down 8.4%.

Darling International Inc. provides rendering, used cooking oil, and bakery residual recycling and recovery solutions to the food industry. The company operates in two segments, Rendering and Bakery. Darling International has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the materials & construction industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 0.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Darling International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Darling International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

On the positive front, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), up 49.5%, Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), up 21.6%, Material Sciences Corporation ( MASC), up 13.5% and Highpower International ( HPJ), up 12.9% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with Fastenal Company ( FAST) being today's featured industrial goods sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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