Today's Top Performers In Industrial

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All three major indices are trading up today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading up 29 points (0.2%) at 17,012 as of Tuesday, July 29, 2014, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 1,550 issues advancing vs. 1,408 declining with 169 unchanged.

The Industrial industry currently sits down 0.2% versus the S&P 500, which is up 0.1%. Top gainers within the industry include Nidec ( NJ), up 1.7%, and Tenaris ( TS), up 1.0%.

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

3. Xylem ( XYL) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial industry higher today. As of noon trading, Xylem is up $1.55 (4.2%) to $38.01 on heavy volume. Thus far, 1.3 million shares of Xylem exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 997,200 shares. The stock has ranged in price between $37.38-$38.87 after having opened the day at $38.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.46.

Xylem Inc. is engaged in the design, manufacture, and application of engineered technologies for the water and wastewater applications. The company operates in two segments, Water Infrastructure and Applied Water. Xylem has a market cap of $6.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 8 analysts who rate Xylem a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Xylem 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. Get the full Xylem Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, 3D Systems ( DDD) is up $3.19 (6.1%) to $55.19 on average volume. Thus far, 2.6 million shares of 3D Systems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.4 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $52.37-$55.25 after having opened the day at $52.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.00.

3D Systems Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as a provider of 3D printing centric design-to-manufacturing solutions in the United States, Germany, the Asia-Pacific, and other European countries. 3D Systems has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 44.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 10 analysts who rate 3D Systems a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates 3D Systems 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, disappointing return on equity and premium valuation. Get the full 3D Systems Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Caterpillar ( CAT) is up $1.17 (1.1%) to $105.32 on heavy volume. Thus far, 3.3 million shares of Caterpillar exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $104.90-$106.44 after having opened the day at $105.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $104.15.

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 $65.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 14.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Caterpillar a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Caterpillar as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income, reasonable valuation levels, 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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