Boeing Co (BA): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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Boeing ( BA) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Boeing fell $1.10 (-1.0%) to $105.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 4,212,233 shares of Boeing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 5,773,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $105.31-$106.22 after having opened the day at $106.20 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $106.70. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Triumph Group ( TGI), down 8.3%, Ducommun ( DCO), down 6.2%, Embraer S.A ( ERJ), down 6.2% and Frontline ( FRO), down 5.7%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. Boeing has a market cap of $81.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 41.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 17 analysts that rate Boeing a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing 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 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), up 4.5%, Spirit AeroSystems Holdings ( SPR), up 2.1% and FLIR Systems ( FLIR), up 1.7%.

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