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AerCap Holdings N.V

(

AER

) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, AerCap Holdings N.V rose $0.87 (2.2%) to $40.40 on light volume. Throughout the day, 651,005 shares of AerCap Holdings N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,292,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $39.13-$40.48 after having opened the day at $39.29 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $39.53. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were:

Embraer S.A

(

ERJ

), up 2.8%,

Ducommun

(

DCO

), up 2.7%,

Acorn Energy

(

ACFN

), up 2.2% and

CPI Aerostructures

(

CVU

), up 2.1%.

AerCap Holdings N.V. engages in leasing, financing, selling, and managing commercial aircraft and engines in the United States, Russia, and Germany. AerCap Holdings N.V has a market cap of $4.6 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate AerCap Holdings N.V a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AerCap Holdings N.V 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.

On the negative front,

Astrotech Corporation

(

ASTC

), down 5.4%,

DigitalGlobe

(

DGI

), down 5.0%,

Aerovironment Incorporated

(

AVAV

), down 4.5% and

Astronics Corporation

(

ATRO

), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the aerospace/defense industry with

Northrop Grumman

(

NOC

) being today's aerospace/defense industry laggard.

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(

ITA

) while those bearish on the aerospace/defense industry could consider

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(

DOG

).

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