Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc (SPR): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Winner

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Spirit AeroSystems Holdings ( SPR) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry higher today making it today's featured aerospace/defense winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.8%. By the end of trading, Spirit AeroSystems Holdings rose $0.30 (1.0%) to $30.17 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,488,734 shares of Spirit AeroSystems Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,818,400 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.45-$30.36 after having opened the day at $30.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29.87. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that increased today were: B/E Aerospace ( BEAV), up 1.8% and Innovative Solutions and Support ( ISSC), up 1.6%.

Spirit AeroSystems Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, operates as a non-original equipment manufacturer (OEM) that designs and manufactures commercial aerostructures worldwide. It operates in three segments: Fuselage Systems, Propulsion Systems, and Wing Systems. Spirit AeroSystems Holdings has a market cap of $3.5 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are down 12.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 6 analysts that rate Spirit AeroSystems Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 7 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Spirit AeroSystems Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, Astrotech ( ASTC), down 4.5%, Raytheon ( RTN), down 4.3%, Heico ( HEI), down 2.9% and Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 2.6% , were all laggards within the aerospace/defense industry with Northrop Grumman ( NOC) being today's aerospace/defense industry laggard.

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