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

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General Dynamics ( GD) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, General Dynamics rose 92 cents (1.4%) to $68.58 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.5 million shares of General Dynamics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $67.27-$68.73 after having opened the day at $67.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $67.66. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), up 3.5%, Textron ( TXT), up 3.2%, Heico Corporation ( HEI), up 2.9%, and CPI Aerostructures ( CVU), up 2.7%.
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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 $23.71 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.6, below the average aerospace/defense industry P/E ratio of 9.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate General Dynamics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six 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 revenue growth, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, increase in stock price during the past year and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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