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Boeing

(

BA

) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Boeing rose $1.25 (1.0%) to $124.46 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,845,360 shares of Boeing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,462,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $123.52-$125.19 after having opened the day at $123.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $123.21. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were:

Astrotech Corporation

(

ASTC

), up 6.1%,

Frontline

(

FRO

), up 3.9%,

AerCap Holdings N.V

(

AER

), up 3.1% and

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation

(

SWHC

), up 2.4%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sells, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. Boeing has a market cap of $91.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 9.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Boeing a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Boeing

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front,

Sturm Ruger & Company

(

RGR

), down 2.9% and

CAE

(

CAE

), down 2.5%.

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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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