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B/E Aerospace



) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.5%. By the end of trading, B/E Aerospace rose $0.82 (1.3%) to $62.19 on light volume. Throughout the day, 643,664 shares of B/E Aerospace exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 973,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $61.18-$62.20 after having opened the day at $61.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.37. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were:

Astronics Corporation



), up 4.0%,

Sturm Ruger & Company



), up 3.9%,

Micronet Enertec Technologies



), up 3.3% and

TAT Technologies



), up 3.2%.

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B/E Aerospace, Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, and services cabin interior products for commercial aircraft and business jets worldwide. It operates in three segments: Commercial Aircraft, Consumables Management, and Business Jet. B/E Aerospace has a market cap of $6.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates B/E Aerospace as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, expanding profit margins, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Heico Corporation



), down 3.0%,

Taser International



), down 2.6%,




), down 1.6% and

Erickson Air-Crane



), down 1.5% , were all laggards within the aerospace/defense industry with




) being today's aerospace/defense industry laggard.

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