Textron Inc (TXT): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

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Textron ( TXT) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, Textron rose $0.73 (2.3%) to $32.71 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,917,148 shares of Textron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,219,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $31.98-$32.78 after having opened the day at $32.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.98. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), up 2.8%, GenCorp ( GY), up 2.3% and TransDigm Group ( TDG), up 2.0%.

Textron Inc. operates in the aircraft, defense, industrial, and finance businesses worldwide. It operates in five segments: Cessna, Bell, Textron Systems, Industrial, and Finance. Textron has a market cap of $8.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 19.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 29.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Textron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Textron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, solid stock price performance 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 negative front, TAT Technologies ( TATT), down 2.1%, was a laggard within the aerospace/defense industry with Boeing ( BA) being today's aerospace/defense industry Loser Spotlight stock.

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