Textron Inc (TXT): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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Textron ( TXT) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Textron fell $0.81 (-2.9%) to $27.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,663,615 shares of Textron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,000,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.24-$28.42 after having opened the day at $28.12 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.09. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Frontline ( FRO), down 9.3%, Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), down 5.8%, Taser International ( TASR), down 4.3% and TAT Technologies ( TATT), down 3.4%.
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Textron Inc. operates in the aircraft, defense, industrial, and finance businesses worldwide. It operates in five segments: Cessna, Bell, Textron Systems, Industrial, and Finance. Textron has a market cap of $7.8 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 14.4, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 13.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Textron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Textron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its reasonable valuation levels, increase in stock price during the past year, notable return on equity, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), down 4.0% and Astronics Corporation ( ATRO), down 2.7%.

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