Moog ( MOG.A) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Moog rose 35 cents (0.8%) to $42.47 on average volume. Throughout the day, 159,808 shares of Moog exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 206,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.77-$42.92 after having opened the day at $42.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.12. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: 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%.

Moog Inc. designs, manufactures, and integrates precision motion and fluid controls and systems for various applications in aerospace and defense, industrial, and medical markets. Moog has a market cap of $1.7 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 up 5.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Moog 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Aerosonic Corporation ( AIM), down 6.8%, Astrotech ( ASTC), down 5.6%, Breeze-Eastern Corporation ( BZC), down 3.6%, and Textron ( TXT), down 2.3%, were all losers within the aerospace/defense industry with Embraer S.A ( ERJ) being today's aerospace/defense industry loser.

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