TransDigm Group Inc (TDG): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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TransDigm Group ( TDG) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, TransDigm Group fell $4.76 (-3.4%) to $134.94 on average volume. Throughout the day, 642,974 shares of TransDigm Group exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 436,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $134.71-$139.89 after having opened the day at $139.24 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $139.70. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 3.7%, B/E Aerospace ( BEAV), down 3.3%, Hexcel Corporation ( HXL), down 2.3% and GenCorp ( GY), down 2.2%.

TransDigm Group Incorporated, through its subsidiaries, designs, produces, and supplies engineered aerospace components for commercial and military aircraft customers in the United States. TransDigm Group has a market cap of $7.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate TransDigm Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TransDigm Group as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, Elbit Systems ( ESLT), up 4.4%, Sifco Industries ( SIF), up 3.0% and Sturm Ruger & Company ( RGR), up 2.6%.

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