General Dynamics Corp (GD): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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General Dynamics ( GD) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, General Dynamics fell $1.27 (-1.2%) to $106.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,389,413 shares of General Dynamics exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,638,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $106.10-$108.00 after having opened the day at $107.65 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.65. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: DigitalGlobe ( DGI), down 4.3%, Astronics Corporation ( ATRO), down 2.6%, Alliant Techsystems ( ATK), down 2.1% and Huntington Ingalls Industries ( HII), down 1.6%.

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 $37.3 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 12.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate General Dynamics a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 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, Acorn Energy ( ACFN), up 5.1%, Sturm Ruger & Company ( RGR), up 3.2%, Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), up 2.7% and Erickson Air-Crane ( EAC), up 2.3% , were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with Spirit AeroSystems Holdings ( SPR) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry leader.

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