Textron Inc (TXT): Today's Featured Aerospace/Defense Laggard

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Textron ( TXT) pushed the Aerospace/Defense industry lower today making it today's featured Aerospace/Defense laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Textron fell $1.92 (-4.7%) to $38.98 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,336,724 shares of Textron exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,800,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $38.50-$40.15 after having opened the day at $38.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $40.90. Other companies within the Aerospace/Defense industry that declined today were: Taser International ( TASR), down 5.6%, Innovative Solutions and Support ( ISSC), down 3.3%, Ducommun ( DCO), down 2.8% and Acorn Energy ( ACFN), down 2.6%.

Textron Inc. operates in the aircraft, defense, industrial, and finance businesses worldwide. It operates through five segments: Cessna, Bell, Textron Systems, Industrial, and Finance. Textron has a market cap of $11.1 billion and is part of the industrial goods sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.2, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 11.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Textron a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Textron as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Astrotech ( ASTC), up 4.2%, Sturm Ruger & Company ( RGR), up 3.7%, Smith & Wesson ( SWHC), up 3.5% and AerCap Holdings ( AER), up 2.4% , were all gainers within the aerospace/defense industry with Curtiss-Wright ( CW) being today's featured aerospace/defense industry leader.

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