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

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Danaher Corporation ( DHR) 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, Danaher Corporation rose $0.83 (1.1%) to $76.11 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,370,797 shares of Danaher Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,589,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.04-$76.33 after having opened the day at $75.49 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.28. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that increased today were: Patrick Industries ( PATK), up 17.5%, IntriCon Corporation ( IIN), up 12.9%, Franklin Electric ( FELE), up 9.5% and Compx International ( CIX), up 8.0%.

Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services worldwide. Danaher Corporation has a market cap of $52.9 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are down 1.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 15 analysts that rate Danaher Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 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, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, GrafTech International ( GTI), down 9.4%, Polypore International ( PPO), down 8.9%, Calgon Carbon Corporation ( CCC), down 8.1% and China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), down 5.4%.

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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