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Boeing Co (BA): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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Boeing ( BA) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, Boeing fell $0.95 (-1.0%) to $91.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,244,802 shares of Boeing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,340,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $91.19-$92.41 after having opened the day at $91.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $92.85. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Heico Corporation ( HEI.A), down 3.0%, Taser International ( TASR), down 2.6%, Frontline ( FRO), down 1.6% and Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), down 1.5%.

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The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. Boeing has a market cap of $69.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.2, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Astronics Corporation ( ATRO), down 4.0%, Sturm Ruger & Company ( RGR), down 3.9%, Micronet Enertec Technologies ( LPSTD), down 3.3% and TAT Technologies ( TATT), down 3.2% , were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with B/E Aerospace ( BEAV) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the aerospace/defense industry could consider iShares DJ US Aerospace & Def Idx ( ITA) while those bearish on the aerospace/defense industry could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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