AerCap Holdings N.V. (AER): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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AerCap Holdings N.V ( AER) 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, AerCap Holdings N.V fell $0.60 (-1.6%) to $37.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,976,619 shares of AerCap Holdings N.V exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,326,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $37.60-$38.58 after having opened the day at $38.23 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $38.56. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Astronics Corporation ( ATRO), down 5.6%, Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), down 4.7%, Sifco Industries ( SIF), down 4.5% and Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 4.1%.

AerCap Holdings N.V. engages in leasing, financing, selling, and managing commercial aircraft and engines in the United States, Russia, and Germany. AerCap Holdings N.V has a market cap of $4.2 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 0.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate AerCap Holdings N.V a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates AerCap Holdings N.V as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, increase in net income and expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including generally higher debt management risk and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Micronet Enertec Technologies ( MICT), up 2.9%, Raytheon Company ( RTN), up 2.0% and Innovative Solutions and Support ( ISSC), up 1.6%.

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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