Market Intelligence Center  Sep 29  Comment 
After Monday’s trading in Textron Inc. (TXT) the option-trade picking algorithms that power MarketIntelligenceCenter.com's Artificial Intelligence Center uncovered a trade that offers a 4.83% return, or 22.06% annualized (for comparison purposes...
Market Intelligence Center  Sep 25  Comment 
MarketIntelligenceCenter.com’s patented option-trade picking algorithm found two trade ideas on Textron Inc. (TXT) today after it traded between between $37.27 and $38.51 before closing at $38.28 on Thursday. For more conservative investors,...
Market Intelligence Center  Sep 24  Comment 
Textron Inc. (TXT) presents a trading opportunity that offers a 3.31% return in just 85 days. A covered call on Textron at the $35.00 level expiring on Dec. '15 offers an assigned return rate of 3.31% or 14.20% annualized. This trade offers...
Benzinga  Sep 24  Comment 
Below are the top aerospace/defense-major diversified stocks in terms of earnings per share. The trailing-twelve-month earnings per share at Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) is $9.90. Northrop Grumman's revenue for the same period is...
Reuters  Sep 21  Comment 
Ukrainian state-run defense company Ukroboronprom said on Monday it had agreed a joint venture with U.S. defense group Textron Inc to upgrade military vehicles for Ukraine's army.
SeekingAlpha  Sep 9  Comment 
Forbes  Sep 8  Comment 
Textron is a multi-industry company that designs and manufactures civilian and military helicopters, business jets, turboprop aircraft, piston-engine airplanes, golf cars, off-road and light transportation vehicles, turf care equipment, power...
Benzinga  Sep 2  Comment 
Shares of Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) have declined close to 13 percent year-to-date. Citi’s Jason Gursky upgraded Textron from Neutral to Buy, while maintaining the price target at $50. The recent pullback in the stock, due to global...
Motley Fool  Aug 30  Comment 
Sikorsky's choppers are cheaper, but the USMC does not care.


Textron (NYSE: TXT) makes the best-selling Cessna small aircraft and military helicopters.[1] Cessna represents 42% of the Textron's 2009 revenues. Textron's military segment, Bell, makes the Osprey Tilt-rotor aircraft and is dependent on U.S. military contracts, which account for 27% of total sales. The company acquired United Industrial (UIC) in 2007, expanding its business into the growing unmanned military market.[2]

Textron also has a stable but low-margin plastic business that makes parts for use in a wide range of consumer products such as cars, plumbing, and electrical connections.[3] Textron competes against large companies like Boeing Company (BA) and Raytheon Company (RTN) for government contracts and Bombardier (BBD.B) and General Electric Company (GE) within the aircraft and Industrial supplies sector.

In 2009, Textron had total revenues of $10.5 billion. Despite this, Textron posted a net loss of $31 million in 2009. The loss in 2009 is largely because Textron's revenues in 2009 were significantly lower than the $14.25 billion in 2008 revenues, which allowed Textron to earn a net income of $344 million.

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Textron competes against a wide variety of companies for government contracts and for private customers. Textron also competes against a large number of companies whose products rival the Bell, Cessna, and Industrial segments. These companies include:

  • Boeing Company (BA) which competes against Textron's Cessna and Bell segments. Although the two companies work in association on some projects, like the V-22 Osprey, they compete for contracts and customers on most ventures.[4]
  • United Technologies (UTX) which owns Pratt and Whitney, the leader in terms of sales of business and small aircraft jet engines.[5]
  • Raytheon Company (RTN) competes for government contracts in the fields of defense systems and technological services.[6] Raytheon and Textron compete for many of the same contracts.
  • Bombardier (BBD.B) is the 3rd largest producer of civilian aircraft and competes against the Cessna segment of Textron.[7]
  • Honeywell International (HON) produces automotive supplies, engines, and turbo chargers which compete with the Industrial segment of Textron.
  • ITT Corporation (ITT) produces defense electronics for the U.S. military in addition to highly engineered products for military aircraft and gears and shock absorbers for general aviation.[8]


  1. Google Finance:"Textron Inc"
  2. Boston Globe Business: "Textron buys United Industrial Unmanned Army aircraft target of $1.1b purchase"
  3. TXT 10-K 2009 Item 1 Pg. 3
  4. Google Finance: "The Boeing Company"
  5. Eclipse Aviation "Eclipse Finds an Engine for Its Jet"
  6. Google Finance: "Raytheon Company"
  7. Hoovers Bombardier Inc. "Bombardier Company Description"
  8. Reuters: ITT Corp
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