Danaher Corporation (DHR): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Danaher Corporation ( DHR) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Danaher Corporation fell $0.90 (-1.2%) to $75.59 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,744,174 shares of Danaher Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,633,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $75.35-$76.10 after having opened the day at $75.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $76.49. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Capstone Turbine Corporation ( CPST), down 9.5%, Shiloh Industries ( SHLO), down 7.9%, JinkoSolar ( JKS), down 6.1% and Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 4.9%.

Danaher Corporation designs, manufactures, and markets professional, medical, industrial, and commercial products and services worldwide. Danaher Corporation has a market cap of $53.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 0.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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 positive front, Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), up 21.1%, Highpower International ( HPJ), up 17.0%, Altair Nanotechnologies ( ALTI), up 14.8% and Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), up 14.3% , were all gainers within the industrial industry with Dresser-Rand Group ( DRC) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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