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Spirit AeroSystems Holdings



) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Spirit AeroSystems Holdings rose $0.35 (1.0%) to $33.95 on average volume. Throughout the day, 822,149 shares of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,081,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.66-$33.98 after having opened the day at $33.92 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.60. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were:




), up 4.2%,

Elbit Systems



), up 3.6%,

Sifco Industries



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), up 3.6% and

Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation



), up 3.2%.

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a non-original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that designs and manufactures commercial aerostructures worldwide. It operates in three segments: Fuselage Systems, Propulsion Systems, and Wing Systems. Spirit AeroSystems Holdings has a market cap of $4.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 182.8, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 93.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Spirit AeroSystems Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings

as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, increase in net income, good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front,

Taser International



), down 1.6% and

Orbital Sciences Corporation



), down 1.6% , were all laggards within the aerospace/defense industry with




) being today's aerospace/defense industry laggard.

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