3 Stocks Moving The Industrial Industry Upward

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Two out of the three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 14 points (-0.1%) at 16,140 as of Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, 12:00 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 2,063 issues advancing vs. 873 declining with 164 unchanged.

The Industrial industry currently sits up 0.8% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.2%. Top gainers within the industry include Nidec Corporation ( NJ), up 2.8%, Dover Corporation ( DOV), up 1.1% and Royal Philips ( PHG), up 1.1%. On the negative front, top decliners within the industry include Emerson Electric ( EMR), down 0.8%, and Roper Industries ( ROP), down 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry higher today:

3. Ingersoll-Rand ( IR) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial industry higher today. As of noon trading, Ingersoll-Rand is up $0.48 (0.8%) to $58.91 on average volume. Thus far, 1.2 million shares of Ingersoll-Rand exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $58.23-$58.93 after having opened the day at $58.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $58.43.

Ingersoll-Rand Public Limited Company engages in the design, manufacture, sale, and service of a diverse portfolio of industrial and commercial products in the United States and internationally. Ingersoll-Rand has a market cap of $16.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 5.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts who rate Ingersoll-Rand a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ingersoll-Rand 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 increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ingersoll-Rand Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Illinois Tool Works ( ITW) is up $1.05 (1.3%) to $79.64 on average volume. Thus far, 915,421 shares of Illinois Tool Works exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $78.58-$79.77 after having opened the day at $78.72 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $78.59.

Illinois Tool Works Inc. manufactures and sells a range of industrial products and equipment worldwide. Illinois Tool Works has a market cap of $34.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 6.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts who rate Illinois Tool Works a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 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 revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Illinois Tool Works Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) is up $4.67 (6.3%) to $78.50 on average volume. Thus far, 2.9 million shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.0 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $74.80-$78.70 after having opened the day at $75.87 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $73.83.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets 3D printers, print materials, on-demand custom parts services, and 3D authoring solutions for professionals and consumers. 3D Systems Corporation has a market cap of $7.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 20.6% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3D Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full 3D Systems Corporation Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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