A.O. Smith Corporation (AOS): Today's Featured Industrial Winner

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A.O. Smith Corporation ( AOS) pushed the Industrial industry higher today making it today's featured industrial winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, A.O. Smith Corporation rose $0.63 (1.4%) to $45.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 837,383 shares of A.O. Smith Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 809,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $44.80-$45.78 after having opened the day at $45.42 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $44.68. Other companies within the Industrial industry that increased today were: GreenHunter Resources ( GRH), up 5.2%, China BAK Battery ( CBAK), up 4.1%, Highpower International ( HPJ), up 3.6% and Marine Products Corporation ( MPX), up 2.9%.

A. O. Smith Corporation manufactures and sells water heaters and boilers to the residential and commercial end markets primarily in the United States, Canada, China, Europe, India, and the Middle East. It operates in two segments, North America and Rest of World. A.O. Smith Corporation has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate A.O. Smith Corporation a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates A.O. Smith 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, expanding profit margins, 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 negative front, NF Energy Saving ( NFEC), down 8.9%, JinkoSolar ( JKS), down 8.0%, Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), down 7.4% and China Ming Yang Wind Power Group ( MY), down 7.2% , were all laggards within the industrial industry with Danaher Corporation ( DHR) 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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