TransDigm Group Inc (TDG): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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TransDigm Group ( TDG) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, TransDigm Group fell $5.11 (-3.8%) to $129.72 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.8 million shares of TransDigm Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 531,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $128.53-$134.50 after having opened the day at $133.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $134.83. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), down 8.6%, Aerosonic Corporation ( AIM), down 3.8%, Sturm Ruger & Company ( RGR), down 3.7%, and Aerovironment Incorporated ( AVAV), down 2.1%.
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TransDigm Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, designs, produces, and supplies engineered aerospace components for commercial and military aircraft customers in the United States. TransDigm Group has a market cap of $6.94 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 40.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are five analysts that rate TransDigm Group a buy, one analyst rates it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TransDigm Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company is trading at a premium valuation based on our review of its current price compared to such things as earnings and book value.

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