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 was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Textron fell $0.29 (-1.0%) to $28.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,631,519 shares of Textron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,677,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.99-$28.50 after having opened the day at $28.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $28.46. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Elbit Systems ( ESLT), down 2.1%, Frontline ( FRO), down 2.0%, Moog ( MOG.B), down 2.0% and Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), down 1.8%.

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 $8.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 14.8% 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 3 rate it a hold.

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

On the positive front, Ducommun ( DCO), up 3.7%, DigitalGlobe ( DGI), up 3.5% and AerCap Holdings N.V ( AER), up 3.4% , were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with Northrop Grumman ( NOC) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry leader.

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