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Our Outlook for Industrial Stocks

Industrial production is poised to climb at a solid clip in 2011.

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  • Positive global purchasing manager surveys suggest strong industrial production growth in the coming quarters.
  • Inflationary pressures are becoming more evident and could threaten firms' gross margins if not offset by price increases.
  • The recent Japanese disaster could boost near-term results for U.S. and European automakers, construction equipment manufacturers, and power generation equipment providers.

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