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AerCap Holdings

(

AER

) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, AerCap Holdings fell $0.90 (-2.2%) to $39.49 on light volume. Throughout the day, 630,356 shares of AerCap Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,097,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $39.05-$40.36 after having opened the day at $40.34 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.39. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were:

Astrotech

(

ASTC

), down 11.1%,

Taser International

(

TASR

), down 5.2%,

Innovative Solutions and Support

(

ISSC

), down 4.4% and

FLIR Systems

(

FLIR

), down 3.2%.

AerCap Holdings N.V., through its subsidiaries, is engaged in leasing, financing, selling, and managing commercial aircraft and engines primarily in the United States and Russia. AerCap Holdings has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.9, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate AerCap Holdings a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

AerCap Holdings

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

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