Rockwell Collins Inc. (COL): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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Rockwell Collins ( COL) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Rockwell Collins fell $0.82 (-1.1%) to $71.18 on average volume. Throughout the day, 619,069 shares of Rockwell Collins exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 768,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $71.14-$72.11 after having opened the day at $71.97 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.00. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), down 3.2%, Aerovironment Incorporated ( AVAV), down 2.9%, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), down 2.3% and Ducommun ( DCO), down 1.7%.

Rockwell Collins, Inc. designs, produces, and supports communications and aviation electronics for commercial and military customers worldwide. It operates in two segments, Government Systems and Commercial Systems. Rockwell Collins has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 23.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Rockwell Collins a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rockwell Collins 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, expanding profit margins, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Taser International ( TASR), up 2.9%, Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), up 2.8%, Triumph Group ( TGI), up 1.9% and Frontline ( FRO), up 1.8%.

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