Embraer S.A. (ERJ): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

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Embraer S.A ( ERJ) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Embraer S.A rose $0.34 (1.1%) to $32.69 on average volume. Throughout the day, 899,669 shares of Embraer S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,065,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $32.16-$32.86 after having opened the day at $32.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $32.35. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: CAE ( CAE), up 2.0%, Breeze-Eastern Corporation ( BZC), up 1.8% and Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), up 1.6%.
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Embraer S.A. primarily develops, produces, and sells jet and turboprop aircrafts for civil and defense aviation markets in Brazil, North America, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and internationally. Embraer S.A has a market cap of $6.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.7, equal to the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Embraer S.A as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, good cash flow from operations and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Frontline ( FRO), down 5.5%, Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), down 4.7%, Astronics Corporation ( ATRO), down 2.5% and Esterline Technologies ( ESL), down 2.5%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the aerospace/defense industry could consider iShares DJ US Aerospace & Def Idx ( ITA) while those bearish on the aerospace/defense industry could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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