Illinois Tool Works Inc (ITW): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Illinois Tool Works ( ITW) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Illinois Tool Works fell $1.36 (-1.6%) to $81.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,195,875 shares of Illinois Tool Works exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,783,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $80.97-$82.49 after having opened the day at $81.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $82.47. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Ideal Power ( IPWR), down 12.1%, Hydrogenics Corporation ( HYGS), down 9.6%, Energy Recovery ( ERII), down 7.6% and China Ming Yang Wind Power Group ( MY), down 7.0%.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. manufactures and sells a range of industrial products and equipment worldwide. Illinois Tool Works has a market cap of $36.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.7, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Illinois Tool Works a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Illinois Tool Works 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Enpro Industries ( NPO), up 20.3%, Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), up 15.5%, Research Frontiers ( REFR), up 12.7% and Dixie Group ( DXYN), up 11.2%.

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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