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Embraer S.A ( ERJ) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Embraer S.A rose $0.45 (1.3%) to $34.60 on light volume. Throughout the day, 659,942 shares of Embraer S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,097,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $33.84-$34.76 after having opened the day at $34.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $34.15. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Frontline ( FRO), up 6.6%, Curtiss-Wright Corporation ( CW), up 4.4%, DigitalGlobe ( DGI), up 3.1% and CAE ( CAE), up 2.0%.

Embraer S.A. primarily develops, produces, and sells jet and turboprop aircrafts for civil and defense aviation markets in Brazil, North America, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and internationally. Embraer S.A has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 19.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Embraer S.A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Embraer S.A as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), down 10.2%, CPI Aerostructures ( CVU), down 2.0%, TAT Technologies ( TATT), down 1.9% and Sturm Ruger & Company ( RGR), down 1.8% , were all laggards within the aerospace/defense industry with Alliant Techsystems ( ATK) being today's aerospace/defense industry laggard.

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