Embraer S.A ( ERJ) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Embraer S.A fell 48 cents (-1.9%) to $25.06 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.4 million shares of Embraer S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.3 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $24.97-$25.40 after having opened the day at $25.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $25.54. Other company's within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Aerosonic Corporation ( AIM), down 6.8%, Astrotech ( ASTC), down 5.6%, Breeze-Eastern Corporation ( BZC), down 3.6%, and Textron ( TXT), down 2.3%.

Embraer S.A. engages in the development, production, and sale of jet and turboprop aircraft for civil and defense aviation markets. Embraer S.A has a market cap of $4.71 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14, equal to the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 13.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Embraer S.A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Embraer as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Taser International ( TASR), up 3.7%, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), up 3.7%, Ducommun ( DCO), up 3.1%, and GenCorp ( GY), up 2.2%, were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with Moog ( MOG.A) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry winner.

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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