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General Dynamics (GD) Competitors

$274.39
+0.69 (+0.25%)
(As of 02/28/2024 ET)

GD vs. NOC, TDG, LMT, LHX, RTX, BA, HEI, TDY, HII, and LDOS

Should you be buying General Dynamics stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of General Dynamics include Northrop Grumman (NOC), TransDigm Group (TDG), Lockheed Martin (LMT), L3Harris Technologies (LHX), RTX (RTX), Boeing (BA), HEICO (HEI), Teledyne Technologies (TDY), Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), and Leidos (LDOS). These companies are all part of the "aerospace" sector.

General Dynamics vs.

Northrop Grumman (NYSE:NOC) and General Dynamics (NYSE:GD) are both large-cap aerospace companies, but which is the superior stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their community ranking, analyst recommendations, risk, earnings, media sentiment, profitability, dividends, valuation and institutional ownership.

General Dynamics received 281 more outperform votes than Northrop Grumman when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 69.34% of users gave General Dynamics an outperform vote while only 62.40% of users gave Northrop Grumman an outperform vote.

CompanyUnderperformOutperform
Northrop GrummanOutperform Votes
644
62.40%
Underperform Votes
388
37.60%
General DynamicsOutperform Votes
925
69.34%
Underperform Votes
409
30.66%

Northrop Grumman pays an annual dividend of $7.48 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.6%. General Dynamics pays an annual dividend of $5.28 per share and has a dividend yield of 1.9%. Northrop Grumman pays out 55.5% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. General Dynamics pays out 43.9% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. Both companies have healthy payout ratios and should be able to cover their dividend payments with earnings for the next several years. Northrop Grumman has raised its dividend for 20 consecutive years and General Dynamics has raised its dividend for 32 consecutive years. General Dynamics is clearly the better dividend stock, given its higher yield and longer track record of dividend growth.

In the previous week, Northrop Grumman had 4 more articles in the media than General Dynamics. MarketBeat recorded 15 mentions for Northrop Grumman and 11 mentions for General Dynamics. Northrop Grumman's average media sentiment score of 0.81 beat General Dynamics' score of 0.43 indicating that General Dynamics is being referred to more favorably in the news media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
Northrop Grumman
7 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
6 Neutral mention(s)
1 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Neutral
General Dynamics
7 Very Positive mention(s)
0 Positive mention(s)
4 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)
Positive

82.4% of Northrop Grumman shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 86.1% of General Dynamics shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of Northrop Grumman shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 1.5% of General Dynamics shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.

General Dynamics has higher revenue and earnings than Northrop Grumman. General Dynamics is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Northrop Grumman, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
Northrop Grumman$39.29B1.75$2.06B$13.4834.05
General Dynamics$42.27B1.78$3.32B$12.0222.83

Northrop Grumman has a beta of 0.35, indicating that its stock price is 65% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, General Dynamics has a beta of 0.68, indicating that its stock price is 32% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Northrop Grumman presently has a consensus price target of $494.33, suggesting a potential upside of 7.71%. General Dynamics has a consensus price target of $271.69, suggesting a potential downside of 0.95%. Given General Dynamics' higher possible upside, equities research analysts clearly believe Northrop Grumman is more favorable than General Dynamics.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Northrop Grumman
1 Sell rating(s)
7 Hold rating(s)
4 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.25
General Dynamics
0 Sell rating(s)
3 Hold rating(s)
7 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
2.70

General Dynamics has a net margin of 7.84% compared to General Dynamics' net margin of 5.23%. General Dynamics' return on equity of 23.07% beat Northrop Grumman's return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Northrop Grumman5.23% 23.07% 7.81%
General Dynamics 7.84%16.61%6.23%

Summary

General Dynamics beats Northrop Grumman on 15 of the 21 factors compared between the two stocks.


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GD vs. The Competition

MetricGeneral DynamicsShip & boat building & repairing IndustryAerospace SectorNYSE Exchange
Market Cap$75.18B$9.82B$15.69B$17.41B
Dividend Yield1.93%3.00%1.38%3.58%
P/E Ratio22.8313.8221.3624.36
Price / Sales1.780.9629.397.43
Price / Cash17.909.0819.2117.35
Price / Book3.531.608.835.92
Net Income$3.32B$463.27M$442.87M$860.68M
7 Day Performance0.94%-2.44%-0.24%0.74%
1 Month Performance3.52%-2.66%3.03%2.05%
1 Year Performance20.39%-28.26%10.87%89.52%

General Dynamics Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
NOC
Northrop Grumman
4.1367 of 5 stars
$458.36
-0.2%
$494.33
+7.8%
-2.4%$68.77B$39.29B34.00101,000
TDG
TransDigm Group
3.5918 of 5 stars
$1,174.22
-1.1%
$1,096.73
-6.6%
+56.8%$65.30B$6.59B49.8415,500Insider Selling
LMT
Lockheed Martin
4.4947 of 5 stars
$430.43
+0.3%
$491.92
+14.3%
-9.8%$104.01B$67.57B15.62122,000
LHX
L3Harris Technologies
4.5658 of 5 stars
$211.74
flat
$229.00
+8.2%
+1.2%$40.25B$19.42B32.8850,000Dividend Increase
Positive News
RTX
RTX
3.7297 of 5 stars
$90.42
+0.4%
$91.71
+1.4%
-9.3%$119.97B$68.92B40.37185,000
BA
Boeing
3.874 of 5 stars
$201.43
+0.4%
$252.63
+25.4%
+3.3%$122.90B$77.79B-54.74171,000Short Interest ↓
HEI
HEICO
3.0989 of 5 stars
$193.47
-2.8%
$203.00
+4.9%
+8.9%$26.75B$2.97B66.489,600Earnings Report
Analyst Report
High Trading Volume
TDY
Teledyne Technologies
4.1293 of 5 stars
$424.90
-0.3%
$515.67
+21.4%
-1.1%$20.05B$5.64B22.9714,700Positive News
HII
Huntington Ingalls Industries
4.0762 of 5 stars
$289.49
+0.4%
$265.00
-8.5%
+34.2%$11.46B$11.45B16.9344,000Short Interest ↑
LDOS
Leidos
4.5015 of 5 stars
$126.58
+0.7%
$123.09
-2.8%
+29.8%$17.19B$15.44B89.1447,000

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This page (NYSE:GD) was last updated on 2/29/2024 by MarketBeat.com Staff