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Our Outlook for Industrials Stocks

Slowing demand and dollar strength will hurt 2009, but values remain.

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Next year will be a tough one for the industrial companies we cover, there's no doubt about it. Both the number of announcements regarding 2009 earnings forecasts and their magnitude of downward adjustment suggest that the majority of companies in our coverage universe are bracing for conditions not seen in several years. Nobody will be spared, as companies throughout the value chain, from those who mine the raw materials to the shippers that deliver the goods, are all affected.

Eric Landry does not own (actual or beneficial) shares in any of the securities mentioned above. Find out about Morningstar’s editorial policies.