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Honeywell International

(

HON

) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Honeywell International rose 82 cents (1.4%) to $60.26 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.8 million shares of Honeywell International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $59.69-$60.49 after having opened the day at $59.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.44. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were:

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation

(

SWHC

), up 4.3%,

Sturm Ruger & Company

(

RGR

), up 2.8%,

Rockwell Collins

(

COL

), up 2.8%, and

Taser International

(

TASR

), up 2.7%.

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Honeywell International Inc. operates as a diversified technology and manufacturing company worldwide. Honeywell International has a market cap of $46.3 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.1, above the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of 20.5 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 9.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Honeywell International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honeywell International as a

buy

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

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(

ITA

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