B/E Aerospace Inc (BEAV): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

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B/E Aerospace ( BEAV) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.1%. By the end of trading, B/E Aerospace rose $1.53 (2.2%) to $72.17 on light volume. Throughout the day, 626,820 shares of B/E Aerospace exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 843,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $70.90-$72.34 after having opened the day at $70.90 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.64. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), up 3.3%, Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), up 3.2%, Textron ( TXT), up 2.8% and Embraer S.A ( ERJ), up 2.8%.

B/E Aerospace, Inc. designs, manufactures, sells, and services cabin interior products for commercial aircraft and business jets worldwide. It operates in three segments: Commercial Aircraft, Consumables Management, and Business Jet. B/E Aerospace has a market cap of $7.4 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 43.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate B/E Aerospace a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates B/E Aerospace as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, expanding profit margins, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Frontline ( FRO), down 3.3% and Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), down 2.3%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the aerospace/defense industry could consider iShares DJ US Aerospace & Def Idx ( ITA) while those bearish on the aerospace/defense industry could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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