Triumph Group Inc. (TGI): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

Triumph Group ( TGI) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Triumph Group rose $1.10 (1.8%) to $63.68 on average volume. Throughout the day, 332,942 shares of Triumph Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 311,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $62-$63.97 after having opened the day at $62.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $62.58. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), up 3.9% and Esterline Technologies ( ESL), up 1.7%.

Triumph Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the design, engineering, manufacture, repair, overhaul, and distribution of aerostructures, aircraft components, accessories, subassemblies, and systems worldwide. Triumph Group has a market cap of $3.07 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.5, 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 7.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate Triumph Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Triumph Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, revenue growth and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), down 3.1%, Aerosonic Corporation ( AIM), down 2.7%, Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), down 2.3%, and AAR ( AIR), down 2.1%, were all losers within the aerospace/defense industry with Embraer S.A ( ERJ) being today's aerospace/defense industry loser.

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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