Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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Lockheed Martin Corporation ( LMT) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, Lockheed Martin Corporation fell $2.25 (-1.8%) to $122.83 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,664,796 shares of Lockheed Martin Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,546,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $122.10-$124.92 after having opened the day at $124.88 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $125.08. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Taser International ( TASR), down 10.5%, Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 6.8%, CPI Aerostructures ( CVU), down 6.0% and DigitalGlobe ( DGI), down 3.4%.

Lockheed Martin Corporation, a security and aerospace company, engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems and products for defense, civil, and commercial applications in the United States and internationally. Lockheed Martin Corporation has a market cap of $41.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 38.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Lockheed Martin Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Lockheed Martin Corporation 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, notable return on equity and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), up 7.6% and Air Industries Group ( AIRI), up 1.9% , were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with FLIR Systems ( FLIR) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry leader.

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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