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What: Shares of Rockwell Automation (NYSE: ROK) surged 11% to an all-time high today, after its quarterly results and full-year forecast topped Wall Street expectations.  

So what: Driven largely by strong emerging-market demand, the automation specialist said its first-quarter profit nearly doubled to $1.04 per share, versus the average analyst estimate of just $0.88 per share. According to Chairman and CEO Keith Nosbusch, the company's "strong revenue performance in the first quarter, along with positive macroeconomic trends and forecasts, indicates that the global industrial recovery is continuing."

Now what: Rockwell might still be worth looking into. The shares are surging right now, but when you factor in management's full-year guidance boost, Rockwell's forward P/E is still roughly in line with that of industrial foes ABB (NYSE: ABB) and Emerson Electric (NYSE: EMR). With a nearly 2% dividend to boot, Rockwell seems like a solid bet even at all-time highs.

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