Honeywell International Inc (HON): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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Honeywell International ( HON) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.5%. By the end of trading, Honeywell International fell $0.98 (-1.1%) to $92.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,952,265 shares of Honeywell International exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,148,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $92.46-$93.79 after having opened the day at $93.60 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $93.63. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: FLIR Systems ( FLIR), down 5.8%, AeroVironment ( AVAV), down 4.3%, Air Industries Group ( AIRI), down 3.9% and Frontline ( FRO), down 3.9%.

Honeywell International Inc. operates as a diversified technology and manufacturing company worldwide. Honeywell International has a market cap of $73.6 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. Shares are up 2.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Honeywell International a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Honeywell International as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Moog ( MOG.B), up 3.6% and Moog ( MOG.A), up 3.2%.

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