Rockwell Automation Inc (ROK): Today's Featured Wholesale Winner

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Rockwell Automation ( ROK) pushed the Wholesale industry higher today making it today's featured wholesale winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Rockwell Automation rose $1.24 (1.0%) to $120.56 on average volume. Throughout the day, 828,613 shares of Rockwell Automation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 808,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $119.06-$120.97 after having opened the day at $119.35 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $119.32. Other companies within the Wholesale industry that increased today were: InfoSonics Corporation ( IFON), up 8.7%, Forward Industries ( FORD), up 5.4%, CHC Group ( HELI), up 4.5% and China Auto Logistics ( CALI), up 4.5%.

Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation power, control, and information solutions. It operates in two segments, Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. Rockwell Automation has a market cap of $16.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 1.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Rockwell Automation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Automation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Armco Metals Holdings ( AMCO), down 5.2%, Empire Resources Incorporated ( ERS), down 3.4%, Omnicare ( OCR), down 2.3% and RTI International Metals ( RTI), down 2.2% , were all laggards within the wholesale industry with Avnet ( AVT) being today's wholesale industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the wholesale industry could consider iShares Dow Jones US Cons Goods ( IYK) while those bearish on the wholesale industry could consider ProShares Ultra Sht Consumer Goods ( SZK).

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