9 Aerospace and Defense Stocks Taking Off

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9 Aerospace and Defense Stocks Taking Off

Defense Stocks Jets Airforce 185 9 Aerospace and Defense Stocks Taking OffYou might think that amid a slowdown in federal spending that defense stocks aren’t doing so well. However, many aerospace and defense companies also outfit the civilian business sector, such as supplying commercial airlines, or providing defense gear to foreign allies.

I watch more than 5,000 publicly traded companies with my Portfolio Grader tool, ranking companies by a number of fundamental and quantitative measures. And this week, nine aerospace and defense stocks to buy.

Here they are, in alphabetical order. Each one of these stocks gets an “A” or “B” according to my research, meaning it is a “strong buy” or “buy.”

Boeing (NYSE:BA) is an aerospace company known best for developing commercial airliners. BA stock has gained 2% since the start of 2012. Boeing stock gets a “B” grade for sales growth, a “B” grade for operating margin growth, a “B” grade for earnings growth, a “B” grade for earnings momentum, an “A” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, an “A” grade for cash flow and an “A” grade for return on equity. For more information, view my complete analysis of BA stock.

General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) is involved with business aviation; combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; military and commercial shipbuilding, and communications and information technology. In the last four months, GD stock has gained 5%. GD stock gets an “A” grade for cash flow and an “A” grade for return on equity. For more information, view my complete analysis of GD stock.

Goodrich (NYSE:GR) is a supplier of aerospace components, systems and services. In the last 12 months, GR stock has jumped 47%. Goodrich stock gets a “B” grade for sales growth, a “B” grade for operating margin growth, an “A” grade for earnings growth, a “B” grade for earnings momentum, a “B” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months, a “B” grade for cash flow and an “A” grade for return on equity. For more information, view my complete analysis of GR stock.

Honeywell  (NYSE:HON) is a diversified technology and manufacturing company that has posted a return of 8% since the start of 2012. Honeywell stock gets “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months and an “A” grade for return on equity. For more information, view my complete analysis of HON stock.

Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) is a global security and aerospace company. Year-to-date, LMT stock has gained 12%. Lockheed stock gets a “B” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, a “B” grade for the magnitude in which earnings projections have increased over the past months, a “B” grade for cash flow and an “A” grade for return on equity. For more information, view my complete analysis of LMT stock.

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) is an international company that provides its customers with aerospace, electronics, information and services. Northrop Grumman is up 6% in the last four months. NOC stock gets a “B” grade for operating margin growth, an “A” grade for earnings growth, an “A” grade for earnings momentum, an “A” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, an “A” grade for cash flow and an “A” grade for return on equity. For more information, view my complete analysis of NOC stock.

Precision Castparts (NYSE:PCP) provides investment castings, forgings and fasteners/fastener systems for aerospace and industrial gas turbine applications. PCP stock has reported a gain of 20% since last April. PCP stock gets a “B” grade for sales growth, a “B” grade for earnings growth, a “B” grade for earnings momentum, a “B” grade for cash flow and a “B” grade for return on equity. For more information, view my complete analysis of PCP stock.

Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) specializes in defense, homeland security and other government markets worldwide. Since the start of January, Raytheon stock is up 10%. RTN stock gets a “B” grade for earnings growth, a “B” grade for its ability to exceed the consensus earnings estimates on Wall Street, an “A” grade for cash flow and an “A” grade for return on equity. For more information, view my complete analysis of RTN stock.

United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) provides high technology products and services to its customers in the aerospace industry. United Technologies rounds out the list with a gain of 11%, year-to-date. UTX stock gets a “B” grade for cash flow and an “A” grade for return on equity. For more information, view my complete analysis of UTX 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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