Embraer S.A

(

ERJ

) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Embraer S.A fell 26 cents (-0.9%) to $28.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of Embraer S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.09-$28.43 after having opened the day at $28.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.46. Other company's within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were:

Edac Technologies Corporation

(

EDAC

), down 4.7%,

AAR

(

AIR

), down 3.3%,

LMI Aerospace

(

LMIA

), down 2.3%, and

Astronics Corporation

(

ATRO

), down 1.8%.

Embraer S.A. develops, produces, and sells jet and turboprop aircrafts for civil and defense aviation markets. Embraer S.A has a market cap of $5.38 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 48.5, below the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of 76.2 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate Embraer S.A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Embraer S.A as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front,

Heico Corporation

(

HEI.A

), up 5.1%,

Astrotech Corporation

(

ASTC

), up 3.9%,

Aerosonic Corporation

(

AIM

), up 3.8%, and

Ducommun

(

DCO

), up 3.7%, were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with

L-3 Communications Holdings

(

LLL

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

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ITA

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