Today's Stocks Driving Success For The Industrial Industry

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All three major indices are trading down today with the Dow Jones Industrial Average ( ^DJI) trading down 104 points (-0.6%) at 17,824 as of Wednesday, May 6, 2015, 12:55 PM ET. The NYSE advances/declines ratio sits at 986 issues advancing vs. 2,035 declining with 119 unchanged.

The Industrial industry currently sits down 0.4% versus the S&P 500, which is down 0.3%. Top gainers within the industry include CNH Industrial ( CNHI), up 2.2%, Stanley Black & Decker ( SWK), up 1.4% and ABB ( ABB), up 0.7%.

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

3. Flowserve ( FLS) is one of the companies pushing the Industrial industry higher today. As of noon trading, Flowserve is up $0.66 (1.2%) to $56.64 on average volume. Thus far, 702,046 shares of Flowserve exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $56.08-$57.03 after having opened the day at $56.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $55.98.

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Flowserve Corporation designs, manufactures, distributes, and services industrial flow management equipment worldwide. The company operates through three segments: Engineered Product Division (EPD), Industrial Product Division (IPD), and Flow Control Division (FCD). Flowserve has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 6.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Flowserve a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Flowserve as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, weak operating cash flow and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself. Get the full Flowserve Ratings Report now.

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2. As of noon trading, Ingersoll-Rand ( IR) is up $0.41 (0.6%) to $66.24 on light volume. Thus far, 519,562 shares of Ingersoll-Rand exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $65.47-$66.32 after having opened the day at $66.01 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.83.

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Ingersoll-Rand plc, together with its subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, sells, and services a portfolio of industrial and commercial products. It operates through Climate and Industrial segments. Ingersoll-Rand has a market cap of $17.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 5.5% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 6 analysts who rate Ingersoll-Rand a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ingersoll-Rand 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, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and increase in stock price during the past year. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income. Get the full Ingersoll-Rand Ratings Report now.

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1. As of noon trading, Rockwell Automation ( ROK) is up $1.50 (1.2%) to $121.70 on average volume. Thus far, 484,257 shares of Rockwell Automation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock has ranged in price between $119.77-$121.77 after having opened the day at $121.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $120.20.

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Rockwell Automation, Inc. provides industrial automation power, control, and information solutions. The company operates through two segments, Architecture & Software and Control Products & Solutions. Rockwell Automation has a market cap of $16.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 9.9% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts who rate Rockwell Automation a buy, 2 analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Automation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself. Get the full Rockwell Automation 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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