Raytheon Company (RTN): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

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Raytheon Company ( RTN) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Raytheon Company rose $1.11 (1.1%) to $97.51 on light volume. Throughout the day, 1,508,074 shares of Raytheon Company exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,129,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $96.46-$97.84 after having opened the day at $96.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $96.40. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: Astrotech Corporation ( ASTC), up 4.6%, Erickson ( EAC), up 3.2%, DigitalGlobe ( DGI), up 2.5% and Hexcel Corporation ( HXL), up 1.8%.

Raytheon Company develops integrated products, services, and solutions in the areas of sensing; effects; command, control, communications, and intelligence; mission support; and cyber and information security worldwide. Raytheon Company has a market cap of $30.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 6.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Raytheon Company a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 9 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Raytheon Company as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations, growth in earnings per share and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the negative front, Frontline ( FRO), down 3.0%, Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 2.7% and Air Industries Group ( AIRI), down 2.4% , were all laggards within the aerospace/defense industry with Embraer S.A ( ERJ) being today's aerospace/defense industry laggard.

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