Valmont Industries Inc. (VMI): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Laggard

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Valmont Industries ( VMI) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Valmont Industries fell $9.52 (-6.1%) to $145.94 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,225,318 shares of Valmont Industries exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 245,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $144.75-$148.87 after having opened the day at $145.03 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $155.46. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: MRC Global ( MRC), down 15.4%, Interface ( TILE), down 7.3%, IntriCon Corporation ( IIN), down 6.4% and Integrated Electrical Services ( IESC), down 5.9%.

Engaged in the Infrastructure and Irrigation businesses. The Irrigation segment consists of the manufacture and distribution of agricultural irrigation equipment, tubular products and related parts services. Valmont Industries has a market cap of $4.1 billion and is part of the industrial industry. Shares are up 1.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Valmont Industries a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Valmont Industries 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, reasonable valuation levels and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 20.8%, Tile Shop Holdings ( TTS), up 13.9%, Vertex Energy ( VTNR), up 12.8% and Industrial Services of America ( IDSA), up 10.6% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with DR Horton ( DHI) 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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