Boeing Co (BA): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

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Boeing ( BA) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.8%. By the end of trading, Boeing rose $1.27 (1.1%) to $122.67 on average volume. Throughout the day, 6,664,236 shares of Boeing exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,740,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $121.51-$122.72 after having opened the day at $121.79 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $121.40. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), up 7.2%, Innovative Solutions and Support ( ISSC), up 4.1%, FLIR Systems ( FLIR), up 4.0% and Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), up 3.6%.

The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, engages in the design, development, manufacture, sale, and support of commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight, and launch systems and services worldwide. Boeing has a market cap of $91.7 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 11.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate Boeing a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Boeing as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, compelling growth in net income and solid stock price performance. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the negative front, Astronics Corporation ( ATRO), down 3.1% and Air Industries Group ( AIRI), down 2.0% , were all laggards within the aerospace/defense industry with Spirit AeroSystems Holdings ( SPR) being today's aerospace/defense industry laggard.

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