July 30, 2009
Why is Honeywell included in the ERRI fund?
Honeywell International Inc. (HON) is a diversified technology and manufacturing company, serving customers globally with aerospace products and services, control, sensing and security technologies for buildings and aircraft, turbochargers, automotive products, electronic and advanced materials, specialty chemicals and process technology for refining, and “products and solutions” for homes, business and transportation. Hence, in addition to aerospace and defense, Honeywell also works with automation and control solutions, specialty materials, and transportation systems used in many industries.
In July 2008, B/E Aerospace, Inc. announced that it has completed the acquisition of Honeywell’s Consumables Solutions distribution business (HCS) within the Aerospace segment. During the year ended December 31, 2008, the Company completed the acquisition of Safety Products Holding, Inc. (Norcross) and Metrologic Instruments, Inc.
HON was trading just over $23/share when much of the market struggled in early March, less than half the over $52 price the stock commanded in late July of 2008 before the reality of the credit and mortgage crisis had sunk in. Investor sentiment is typically positive when the 50-day moving average is rising, especially if it’s also above the 200-day moving average. With that in mind, the 200-day numbers have just begun to ease upward, while the relatively flatter 50-day average had “crossed above” during June. Other technical indicators, such as the Chart pattern, complete a “mixed” outlook (arguably neutral) as you might expect for a company reliant in part on defense spending.
With $25.6 billion in market capitalization (a Mid-Cap stock) Honeywell valuation tumbled, tracking the broader markets as global reverberations of what started out as a problem in the U.S mortgage lending industry spread throughout the world stock markets. HON is used within the ERRI fund (along with Caterpillar) to track capital goods. The market recovery can’t be measured solely by tracking retail clothing, utilities, and the financial sector; mid-cap companies in the defense/aerospace arena will face a competitive landscape as their customers weather the credit crunch. While they do sell “portable” generators and FRAM® Tough Guard® Air Filters targeting the consumer market, the aerospace, automation and control solutions, specialty materials, and transportation segments of Honeywell’s business take off in reaction to a number of factors not by any means tied to consumer sentiment.
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