Rockwell Collins Inc. (COL): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

Rockwell Collins ( COL) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, Rockwell Collins rose $1.53 (3.2%) to $48.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Rockwell Collins exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.2 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $47-$49.09 after having opened the day at $47 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $47.23. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), up 8.1%, Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), up 4.8%, CPI Aerostructures ( CVU), up 4.2%, and LMI Aerospace ( LMIA), up 4.2%.

Rockwell Collins, Inc. designs, produces, and supports communications and aviation electronics for commercial and military customers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Government Systems and Commercial Systems. Rockwell Collins has a market cap of $7.15 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, above the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of 12 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 14.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Rockwell Collins a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Collins as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

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