General Dynamics Corp (GD): Today's Featured Industrial Goods Laggard

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General Dynamics ( GD) pushed the Industrial Goods sector lower today making it today's featured Industrial Goods laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, General Dynamics fell $1.38 (-1.3%) to $108.02 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,180,960 shares of General Dynamics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,547,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $107.48-$110.33 after having opened the day at $109.66 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $109.40. Other companies within the Industrial Goods sector that declined today were: Clean Diesel Technologies ( CDTI), down 11.1%, Ideal Power ( IPWR), down 9.6%, MagneGas Corporation ( MNGA), down 8.1% and Highpower International ( HPJ), down 6.4%.

General Dynamics Corporation, an aerospace and defense company, provides business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems, and munitions; military and commercial shipbuilding; and communications and information technology products and services worldwide. General Dynamics has a market cap of $37.1 billion and is part of the aerospace/defense industry. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate General Dynamics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates General Dynamics as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, attractive valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins.

On the positive front, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), up 18.6%, China Recycling Energy Corporation ( CREG), up 8.4%, Ocean Power Technologies ( OPTT), up 7.5% and India Globalization Capital ( IGC), up 6.8% , were all gainers within the industrial goods sector with KB Home ( KBH) being today's featured industrial goods sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the industrial goods sector could consider Industrial Select Sector SPDR ( XLI) while those bearish on the industrial goods sector could consider ProShares Short Dow 30 ( DOG).

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