BE Aerospace

(

BEAV

) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, BE Aerospace rose 42 cents (1%) to $43.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 976,333 shares of BE Aerospace exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 837,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $42.61-$43.27 after having opened the day at $42.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.59. Another company within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today was

Edac Technologies Corporation

(

EDAC

), up 2.8%.

BE Aerospace, Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, and services commercial aircraft and business jet cabin interior products worldwide. BE Aerospace has a market cap of $4.37 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.4, equal to the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 10% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate BE Aerospace a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates BE Aerospace as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Astrotech Corporation

(

ASTC

), down 6.2%,

AAR

(

AIR

), down 2.3%,

LMI Aerospace

(

LMIA

), down 2.2%, and

Hexcel Corporation

(

HXL

), down 2.1%, were all losers within the aerospace/defense industry with

Boeing

(

BA

) being today's aerospace/defense industry loser.

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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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