Emerson Electric Co. (EMR): Today's Featured Industrial Laggard

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Emerson Electric ( EMR) pushed the Industrial industry lower today making it today's featured Industrial laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Emerson Electric fell $0.67 (-1.0%) to $64.93 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,082,414 shares of Emerson Electric exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,072,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $64.77-$65.73 after having opened the day at $65.67 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.60. Other companies within the Industrial industry that declined today were: Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), down 10.3%, JinkoSolar ( JKS), down 6.3%, China Ming Yang Wind Power Group ( MY), down 5.7% and 3D Systems Corporation ( DDD), down 5.1%.

Emerson Electric Co., a diversified technology company, designs and supplies products and technology, and delivers engineering services and solutions to the industrial, commercial, and consumer markets worldwide. Emerson Electric has a market cap of $45.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Emerson Electric a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Emerson Electric 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, 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 positive front, UQM Technologies ( UQM), up 41.0%, THT Heat Transfer Technology ( THTI), up 34.8%, Ballard Power Systems ( BLDP), up 30.3% and ZBB Energy Corporation ( ZBB), up 21.6% , were all gainers within the industrial industry with Fuelcell Energy ( FCEL) being today's featured industrial industry leader.

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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