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Rockwell Collins



) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Rockwell Collins rose 56 cents (1.1%) to $53.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.3 million shares of Rockwell Collins exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 919,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.24-$53.36 after having opened the day at $53.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.75. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were:

Teledyne Technologies



), up 6.5%,

Astrotech Corporation



), up 5.9%,

Astronics Corporation


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Rockwell Collins, Inc. designs, produces, and supports communications and aviation electronics for commercial and military customers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Government Systems and Commercial Systems. Rockwell Collins has a market cap of $7.52 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, above the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of 12.5 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 4.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Rockwell Collins a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Collins as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front,

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings



), down 30.2%,

Breeze-Eastern Corporation



), down 3.1%,

Aerosonic Corporation



), down 2.5%, and

Taser International



), down 1.8%, were all laggards within the aerospace/defense industry with




) being today's aerospace/defense industry laggard.

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