TransDigm Group Inc (TDG): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

TransDigm Group ( TDG) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 2%. By the end of trading, TransDigm Group rose $3.80 (3.2%) to $122.62 on average volume. Throughout the day, 650,232 shares of TransDigm Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 456,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $118.87-$122.98 after having opened the day at $118.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $118.82. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Aerosonic Corporation ( AIM), up 11.8%, Ducommun ( DCO), up 6.2%, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), up 5.8%, and Textron ( TXT), up 5.2%.

TransDigm Group Incorporated designs, produces, and supplies engineered aircraft components for use on commercial and military aircraft principally in the United States. TransDigm Group has a market cap of $6.14 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.2, above the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of 24.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate TransDigm Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TransDigm Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally poor debt management on most measures that we evaluated.

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