B/E Aerospace Inc (BEAV): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

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B/E Aerospace ( BEAV) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, B/E Aerospace rose 97 cents (2.1%) to $47.62 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of B/E Aerospace exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 879,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $46.73-$47.95 after having opened the day at $46.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $46.65. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Aerosonic Corporation ( AIM), up 10.3%, Kaman Corporation ( KAMN), up 3.5%, LMI Aerospace ( LMIA), up 3.2%, and Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), up 2.5%.
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BE Aerospace, Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, and services commercial aircraft and business jet cabin interior products worldwide. B/E Aerospace has a market cap of $4.71 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 21.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 17.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 12 analysts that rate B/E Aerospace a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates B/E Aerospace as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

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