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Northrop Grumman

(

NOC

) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Northrop Grumman rose $1.24 (1.1%) to $112.01 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,227,101 shares of Northrop Grumman exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,193,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $110.34-$112.25 after having opened the day at $110.39 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $110.77. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were:

Innovative Solutions and Support

(

ISSC

), up 3.9%,

Taser International

(

TASR

), up 3.0%,

Esterline Technologies

(

ESL

), up 2.8% and

Moog

(

MOG.B

), up 2.7%.

Northrop Grumman Corporation provides systems, products, and solutions in aerospace, electronics, information systems, and technical service areas to government and commercial customers worldwide. Northrop Grumman has a market cap of $24.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 63.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there is 1 analyst that rates Northrop Grumman a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 12 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Northrop Grumman

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front,

CAE

(

CAE

), down 1.7%, was a laggard within the aerospace/defense industry with

Sturm Ruger & Company

(

RGR

) being today's aerospace/defense industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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(

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