The aerospace/defense industry closed the day up 4.1%. Sifco Industries Inc ( SIF) were all decliners today within the aerospace/defense industry with Astrotech ( ASTC) being today's featured aerospace/defense loser. Astrotech fell 2 cents (-3.3%) to 58 cents on average volume. Throughout the day, 40,771 shares of Astrotech exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 28,800 shares.

Astrotech Corporation operates as a commercial aerospace company in the United States. The company provides spacecraft payload processing and related services; designs and manufactures space hardware; and commercializes space technologies for use on the Earth. Astrotech has a market cap of $11.2 million and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 46.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Astrotech as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the positive front, Force Protection Inc ( FRPT), LMI Aerospace Inc ( LMIA), Textron Inc ( TXT), and Esterline Technologies ( ESL) were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with Boeing ( BA) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry winner.

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