Deere & Co (DE): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Winner

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Deere ( DE) pushed the Industrial Goods sector higher today making it today's featured industrial goods winner. The sector as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Deere rose $1.13 (1.3%) to $86.56 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,085,427 shares of Deere exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,230,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $85.74-$86.88 after having opened the day at $85.76 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $85.43. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Adept Technology ( ADEP), up 21.3%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 14.9%, Desarrolladora Homex SAB de CV ADR ( HXM), up 12.5% and Comstock ( CHCI), up 10.7%.

Deere & Company, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and distributes agriculture and turf, and construction and forestry equipment worldwide. Deere has a market cap of $31.5 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 6.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Deere a buy, 7 analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Deere as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations, impressive record of earnings per share growth and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, CUI Global ( CUI), down 8.1%, Thermon Group Holdings ( THR), down 6.1%, India Globalization Capital ( IGC), down 5.7% and FLIR Systems ( FLIR), down 4.6%.

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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