Raytheon Company (RTN): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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Raytheon Company ( RTN) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Raytheon Company fell 58 cents (-1%) to $56.45 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of Raytheon Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $56.24-$56.92 after having opened the day at $56.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $57.03. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Aerosonic Corporation ( AIM), down 8.5%, Sturm Ruger & Company ( RGR), down 2.6%, Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), down 2.4%, and Elbit Systems ( ESLT), down 2.3%.
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Raytheon Company designs, develops, manufactures, integrates, and supports technological products, services, and solutions for governmental and commercial customers in the United States and internationally. Raytheon Company has a market cap of $18.86 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 9.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Raytheon Company a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Raytheon Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Aerovironment Incorporated ( AVAV), up 3%, Taser International ( TASR), up 2.8%, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), up 2.5%, and Astronics Corporation ( ATRO), up 2.3%, were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with Rockwell Collins ( COL) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry leader.

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