3 Stocks Pushing The Industrial Industry Downward

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One out of the three major indices are trading lower today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 29 points (-0.2%) at 16,367 as of Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 11:55 AM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,229 issues advancing vs. 1,681 declining with 174 unchanged.

The Industrial industry currently sits up 0.1% versus the S&P 500, which is unchanged. A company within the industry that fell today was Royal Philips ( PHG), up 0.8%. A company within the industry that increased today was Eaton Corporation ( ETN), up 0.7%.

TheStreet would like to highlight 3 stocks pushing the industry lower today:

3. Stratasys ( SSYS) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial industry lower today. As of noon trading, Stratasys is down $2.88 (-2.3%) to $120.17 on average volume. Thus far, 672,124 shares of Stratasys exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $119.54-$123.31 after having opened the day at $123.19 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.05.

Stratasys Ltd. provides additive manufacturing (AM) solutions for the creation of parts used in the processes of designing and manufacturing products and for the direct manufacture of end parts. Stratasys has a market cap of $6.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 8.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Stratasys a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Stratasys as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share. Get the full Stratasys Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD) is down $1.32 (-1.8%) to $73.05 on average volume. Thus far, 2.3 million shares of 3D Systems Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5.9 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $72.51-$75.37 after having opened the day at $74.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $74.37.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, develops, manufactures and markets 3D printers, print materials, on-demand custom parts services, and 3D authoring solutions for professionals and consumers. 3D Systems Corporation has a market cap of $7.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 19.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate 3D Systems Corporation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3D Systems Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, growth in earnings per share, compelling growth in net income and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity. Get the full 3D Systems Corporation Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Caterpillar ( CAT) is down $1.01 (-1.0%) to $96.01 on light volume. Thus far, 2.2 million shares of Caterpillar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 6.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $95.88-$96.90 after having opened the day at $96.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $97.02.

Caterpillar Inc. manufactures and sells construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives worldwide. Caterpillar has a market cap of $62.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Caterpillar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Caterpillar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated. Get the full Caterpillar Ratings Report now.

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If you are interested in one of these 3 stocks, 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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