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Sturm Ruger & Company



) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, Sturm Ruger & Company fell $1.01 (-1.9%) to $51.54 on average volume. Throughout the day, 828,490 shares of Sturm Ruger & Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 728,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.56-$52.45 after having opened the day at $52.45 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.55. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were:

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings



), down 2.9%,

Sifco Industries



), down 2.5%,

Astrotech Corporation


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), down 2.2%, and

Aerosonic Corporation



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Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of firearms in the United States. It offers single-shot, autoloading, bolt-action, and sporting rifles; shotguns; rim fire autoloading and center fire autoloading pistols; and single-action and double-action revolvers. Sturm Ruger & Company has a market cap of $1.01 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are no analysts that rate Sturm Ruger & Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sturm Ruger & Company as a


. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front,

Innovative Solutions and Support



), up 4.7%,

Erickson Air-Crane



), up 3.1%,




), up 3.1%, and




), up 2.8%, were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with

General Dynamics



) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry leader.

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