In today's edition, industrials editor and analyst Brendan Byrnes analyzes news events from around the sector and offers his insights on how these events affect the investing thesis of the stocks. Today's topics include:

  • Heavy insider buying at United Continental,
  • GM nearing a deal to decrease worker hours at two German plants,
  • the end of strikes at Caterpillar's Joilet plant,
  • rising gas prices,
  • disappointing Dryships earnings, and
  • the end of government subsidies for new cars in Japan.

Check out the video below for more on all these important events. 

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