3M Co (MMM): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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3M ( MMM) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, 3M rose $1.48 (1.1%) to $134.34 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,097,491 shares of 3M exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,225,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $132.00-$134.58 after having opened the day at $132.63 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $132.86. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: China BAK Battery ( CBAK), up 31.9%, ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), up 24.1%, China Ming Yang Wind Power Group ( MY), up 15.7% and UQM Technologies ( UQM), up 12.4%.

3M Company operates as a diversified technology company worldwide. 3M has a market cap of $88.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate 3M a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3M 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, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, Circor International ( CIR), down 10.1%, Babcock & Wilcox ( BWC), down 6.8%, Handy & Harman ( HNH), down 4.4% and Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 3.9% , were all laggards within the industrial industry with Chart Industries ( GTLS) being today's industrial industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, 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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