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Catch These 5 Stocks While They’re Flying High

Playing a good 'defense' will lead to a great offense

   

Despite the proposed defense cuts, a number of stalwart companies are still making significant gains. Over the past 12 months, these aerospace and defense stocks have been showing the kind of fundamentals that warrant a placement on my “strong buy” and “buy” lists. I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. This week, I’ve got five aerospace and defense stocks  — in alphabetical order — that have received an “A” or “B” according to my research.

Boeing (NYSE:BA) is extremely well known for its production of commercial airliners. And with their aggressive commercial airline deals, it seems as if no one has convinced them the airline industry hasn’t been fairing too well. In the past year, this stubbornly successful defense stock is up 4%. BA stock gets a “B” for sales growth, a “B” for operating margin growth, a “B” for earnings momentum, a “B” for earnings growth, an “A” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, an “A” for cash flow and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of BA stock.

Goodrich (NYSE:GR) provides aerospace components, systems and services to the commercial airplane developers. GR stock has gained 35% in the last 12 months, compared to a gain of 4% for the Dow Jones in the same time. GR stock gets a “B” for sales growth, a “B” for operating margin growth, a “B” for earnings growth, a “B” earnings momentum, a “B” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of GR stock.

Hexcel (NYSE:HXL) develops composites for use in a variety of aerospace and defense fields. In the past 12 months, HXL stock has gained about 26% compared to smaller gains by the broader markets. HXL stock gets a “B” for sales growth, an “A” for operating margin growth, an “A” for operating margin growth, a “B” for earnings growth, a “B” for earnings momentum, a “B” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “B” for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past month and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of HXL stock.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) has developed a strong name for itself as a global security company, and has watched its stock value increase 6% since last February. LMT stock gets a “B” for earnings growth, a “B” for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “B” for cash flow and an “A” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of LMT stock.

Precision Castparts (NYSE:PCP) develops products for use in aerospace and industrial gas turbine applications. Compared to small gains for the broader markets in the past year, PCP stock has jumped 13%. PCP stock gets a “B” for sales growth, a “B” for earnings growth, a “B” for earnings momentum, a “B” for cash flow and a “B” for return on equity in my Portfolio Grader tool. For more information, view my complete analysis of PCP stock.

Get more analysis of these picks and other publicly traded stocks with Louis Navellier’s Portfolio Grader tool, a 100% free stock rating tool that measures both quantitative buying pressure and eight fundamental factors.


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