Lockheed Martin Corporation

(

LMT

) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods loser. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Lockheed Martin Corporation fell 66 cents (-0.8%) to $82.71 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of Lockheed Martin Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $82.62-$83.62 after having opened the day at $83.25 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $83.37. Other company's within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were:

Wowjoint Holdings

(

BWOW

), down 13.2%,

Arotech Corporation

(

ARTX

), down 11.1%,

US Concrete

(

USCR

), down 10.7%, and

Astrotech Corporation

(

ASTC

), down 6.2%.

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 $27.06 billion and is part of the

aerospace/defense

industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 10, equal to the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are three analysts that rate Lockheed Martin Corporation a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lockheed Martin Corporation as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, increase in net income, solid stock price performance 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 positive front,

Valence Technology

(

VLNC

), up 9.5%,

Clean Diesel Technologies

(

CDTI

), up 9.1%,

Nobility Homes

(

NOBH

), up 8.6%, and

Integrated Electrical Services

(

IESC

), up 7.1%, were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with

SPX Corporation

(

SPW

) being today's featured industrial goods sector winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider

Industrial Select Sector SPDR

(

XLI

) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider

ProShares Short Dow 30

(

DOG

).

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