United Technologies Corp (UTX): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

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United Technologies ( UTX) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, United Technologies rose $1.45 (1.3%) to $115.20 on average volume. Throughout the day, 3,409,830 shares of United Technologies exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,513,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $113.79-$115.24 after having opened the day at $114.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $113.75. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Taser International ( TASR), up 5.9%, Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), up 3.7%, Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), up 3.5% and Orbital Sciences Corporation ( ORB), up 2.8%.

United Technologies Corporation provides technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries worldwide. United Technologies has a market cap of $105.0 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 0.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate United Technologies a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates United Technologies 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, revenue growth, good cash flow from operations and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, AAR Corporation ( AIR), down 4.2%, Ducommun ( DCO), down 3.0% and Frontline ( FRO), down 2.3% , were all laggards within the aerospace/defense industry with Spirit AeroSystems Holdings ( SPR) being today's aerospace/defense industry laggard.

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