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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 0.9%. By the end of trading, Textron rose $0.68 (1.9%) to $36.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,069,974 shares of Textron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,605,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $36.15-$36.99 after having opened the day at $36.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $36.15. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Frontline ( FRO), up 7.6%, Curtiss-Wright Corporation ( CW), up 6.4%, Sifco Industries ( SIF), up 4.3% and Spirit AeroSystems Holdings ( SPR), up 4.1%.

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 $9.9 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 1.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Textron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Textron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 3.7% and Smith & Wesson Holding Corporation ( SWHC), down 1.7%.

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