The aerospace/defense industry closed the day down 2.4%. Heico Corporation ( HEI.A), Triumph Group Inc ( TGI), Honeywell International Inc ( HON), and Heico Corporation ( HEI) were all winners today within the aerospace/defense industry with Breeze-Eastern Corporation ( BZC) being today's featured aerospace/defense winner. Breeze-Eastern Corporation rose 27 cents (3.3%) to $8.58 on light volume. Throughout the day, 400 shares of Breeze-Eastern Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 8,600 shares.

Breeze-Eastern Corporation designs, develops, manufactures, sells, and services lifting and restraining products for specialty aerospace and defense applications. It offers electric and hydraulic rescue hoists and cargo hook systems. Breeze-Eastern Corporation has a market cap of $77.3 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 15.4, 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 14.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Breeze-Eastern as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Huntington Ingalls Industries Inc ( HII), American Defense Systems Inc ( EAG), Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), and Esterline Technologies ( ESL) were all losers within the aerospace/defense industry with Textron Inc ( TXT) being today's aerospace/defense industry Loser Spotlight stock.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the aerospace/defense industry could consider iShares DJ US Aerospace & Def Idx ( ITA) while those bearish on the aerospace/defense industry could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).
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