Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

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Lockheed Martin Corporation ( LMT) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Lockheed Martin Corporation rose $1.36 (1.4%) to $95.33 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Lockheed Martin Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $93.79-$95.61 after having opened the day at $93.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.97. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: GenCorp ( GY), up 7.5%, Innovative Solutions and Support ( ISSC), up 2.9%, LMI Aerospace ( LMIA), up 2.7%, and Teledyne Technologies ( TDY), up 2.6%.
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Lockheed Martin Corporation engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, operation, and sustainment of advanced technology systems and products in the United States and internationally. Lockheed Martin Corporation has a market cap of $30.41 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 10.8, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Lockheed Martin Corporation a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lockheed Martin Corporation 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, increase in net income, notable return on equity and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), down 1.9%, Elbit Systems ( ESLT), down 1.8%, and Astronics Corporation ( ATRO), down 1.7%, were all laggards within the aerospace/defense industry with Boeing ( BA) being today's aerospace/defense industry laggard.

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