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TransDigm Group Inc (TDG): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

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TransDigm Group ( TDG) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, TransDigm Group rose $2.07 (1.3%) to $156.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 278,151 shares of TransDigm Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 493,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $154.18-$157.04 after having opened the day at $154.18 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $154.57. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), up 20.6%, Frontline ( FRO), up 10.0%, AerCap Holdings N.V ( AER), up 5.7% and Sifco Industries ( SIF), up 3.8%.

TransDigm Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, designs, produces, and supplies engineered aerospace components for commercial and military aircraft customers in the United States. The company operates through three reporting segments: Power & Control, Airframe, and Non-aviation. TransDigm Group has a market cap of $8.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 64.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate TransDigm Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TransDigm Group as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the negative front, Taser International ( TASR), down 3.8%, Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), down 2.7%, Spirit AeroSystems Holdings ( SPR), down 2.0% and Astronics Corporation ( ATRO), down 1.9% , were all laggards within the aerospace/defense industry with Embraer S.A ( ERJ) being today's aerospace/defense industry laggard.

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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