Monday, December 19, 2016

Illinois Tool Works 2017 Outlook

Illinois Tool Works Inc.  management has cheered investors by underpromising and overdelivering with its 2012-2017 enterprise strategy plan. A combination of cost cuts and focusing on more lucrative activities via Product Line Simplification (PLS) has led to operating margin expansion, even within moderately growing end markets. It's largely the reason behind the stock's outperformance this year, but can the strong run continue? Let's take a look at the company's investor day guidance and outlook, and see what it means for investors.

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