Embraer S.A. (ERJ): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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Embraer S.A ( ERJ) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Embraer S.A fell $0.71 (-2.1%) to $32.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,191,268 shares of Embraer S.A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,070,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $32.60-$33.40 after having opened the day at $33.09 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $33.51. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), down 4.2% and Frontline ( FRO), down 3.7%.

Embraer S.A. primarily develops, produces, and sells jet and turboprop aircrafts for civil and defense aviation markets in Brazil, North America, Latin America, the Asia Pacific, Europe, and internationally. Embraer S.A has a market cap of $6.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 4.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Embraer S.A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Embraer S.A as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its good cash flow from operations, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income, poor profit margins and relatively poor performance when compared with the S&P 500 during the past year.

On the positive front, Heico Corporation ( HEI.A), up 6.2%, Taser International ( TASR), up 5.8%, Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), up 5.5% and Heico Corporation ( HEI), up 5.5% , were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with L-3 Communications Holdings ( LLL) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry leader.

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