General Dynamics (GD): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Loser

General Dynamics ( GD) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1%. By the end of trading, General Dynamics fell 52 cents (-0.8%) to $63.91 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1.1 million shares of General Dynamics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.61-$64.81 after having opened the day at $64.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $64.43. Other company's within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Embraer S.A ( ERJ), down 7.5%, Hexcel Corporation ( HXL), down 4.5%, Spirit AeroSystems Holdings ( SPR), down 3.9%, and Heico Corporation ( HEI), down 3.7%.

General Dynamics Corporation, an aerospace and defense company, provides business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions; military and commercial shipbuilding; and communications and information technology products and services worldwide. General Dynamics has a market cap of $23.46 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.3, below the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of 9.6 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate General Dynamics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and seven rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Dynamics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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