Lockheed Martin Corporation



) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.1%. By the end of trading, Lockheed Martin Corporation rose 48 cents (0.6%) to $75.91 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Lockheed Martin Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.9 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $75.09-$77 after having opened the day at $75.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $75.43. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were:

American Defense Systems Inc



), up 25.7%,

Breeze-Eastern Corporation



), up 4.5%, and

Taser International Inc



), up 2.7%.

Lockheed Martin Corporation engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, operation, and sustainment of advanced technology systems and products in the United States and internationally. Lockheed Martin Corporation has a market cap of $26.5 billion and is part of the

industrial goods

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.5, below the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of 10 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 8.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lockheed Martin as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in stock price during the past year, increase in net income and growth in earnings per share. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front,

Embraer S.A



), down 4.7%,

Textron Inc



), down 4.3%,

Force Protection Inc



), down 4.2%, and

Ducommun Inc



), down 4.2%, were all losers within the aerospace/defense industry with

L-3 Communications Holdings Inc



) being today's aerospace/defense industry loser.

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