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Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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Lockheed Martin Corporation ( LMT) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Lockheed Martin Corporation fell $4.80 (-3.0%) to $156.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,657,582 shares of Lockheed Martin Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,014,600 shares. The stock ranged in price between $156.20-$164.71 after having opened the day at $164.57 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $161.49. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Embraer S.A ( ERJ), down 4.4%, Hexcel Corporation ( HXL), down 3.3%, Aerovironment Incorporated ( AVAV), down 2.5% and Erickson ( EAC), down 2.1%.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, a security and aerospace company, is engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services for defense, civil, and commercial applications in United States and internationally. Lockheed Martin Corporation has a market cap of $51.2 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 8.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Lockheed Martin Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lockheed Martin Corporation as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Taser International ( TASR), up 3.0%, Astronics Corporation ( ATRO), up 2.5%, FLIR Systems ( FLIR), up 2.4% and AerCap Holdings N.V ( AER), up 2.2% , were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with Textron ( TXT) 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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