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 1.2%. By the end of trading, Lockheed Martin Corporation rose $1.26 (1.3%) to $96.28 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,462,819 shares of Lockheed Martin Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,652,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $95.36-$96.50 after having opened the day at $95.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $95.02. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: LMI Aerospace ( LMIA), up 5.0%, Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), up 4.8%, Honeywell International ( HON), up 3.8% and Embraer S.A ( ERJ), up 3.5%.
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Lockheed Martin Corporation, a security and aerospace company, engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems and products for defense, civil, and commercial applications in the United States and internationally. Lockheed Martin Corporation has a market cap of $30.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 11.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lockheed Martin Corporation as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity and increase in stock price during the past year. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, generally higher debt management risk and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, TAT Technologies ( TATT), down 2.7% and Breeze-Eastern Corporation ( BZC), down 2.1%.

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