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Alliant Techsystems

(

ATK

) 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, Alliant Techsystems fell $4.00 (-2.7%) to $144.22 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 828,283 shares of Alliant Techsystems exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 389,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $142.50-$148.14 after having opened the day at $147.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $148.22. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were:

Taser International

(

TASR

), down 5.4%,

Orbital

(

ORB

), down 5.0% and

Ducommun

(

DCO

), down 2.5%.

Alliant Techsystems Inc. engages in the provision of aerospace, defense, and commercial products to the U.S. government, allied nations, and prime contractors. The company also supplies ammunition and related accessories to law enforcement agencies and commercial customers. Alliant Techsystems has a market cap of $4.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 21.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Alliant Techsystems a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Alliant Techsystems

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

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(

ACFN

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(

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AerCap Holdings

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), up 2.3% , were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with

Lockheed Martin

(

LMT

) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry leader.

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