Editor's Note: TheStreet ratings do not represent the views of TheStreet's staff or its contributors. Ratings are established by computer based on metrics for performance (which includes growth, stock performance, efficiency and valuation) and risk (volatility and solvency). Companies with poor cash flow or high debt levels tend to earn lower ratings in our model. Northrop Grumman ( NOC) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Northrop Grumman rose 85 cents (1.3%) to $66.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Northrop Grumman exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $65.50-$66.78 after having opened the day at $65.78 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.79. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), up 2.7%, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), up 2.6%, Elbit Systems ( ESLT), up 2.3%, and Ducommun ( DCO), up 2.2%.
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