Boeing Co (BA): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

Boeing ( BA) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.9%. By the end of trading, Boeing rose $1.80 (2.5%) to $73.51 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3.6 million shares of Boeing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $71.85-$73.56 after having opened the day at $71.93 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $71.71. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Aerovironment Incorporated ( AVAV), up 5.8%, LMI Aerospace ( LMIA), up 5.7%, Sturm Ruger & Company ( RGR), up 5.3%, and Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), up 4.9%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. Boeing has a market cap of $53.57 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, 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 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Boeing a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and two rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. 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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