Defense Stocks Spike Lower Amid News Of Pentagon Cuts

Defense stocks spiked lower Thursday afternoon amid reports that the U.S. Department of Defense is seeking to cut spending.

“The Pentagon will request about $51 billion in war funding for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1, a 20 percent reduction from the $64 billion Congress approved this year and the least since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, officials and congressional aides” told Bloomberg.

Despite the news, defense stocks maintained gains from earlier in the day and with many up 1 to 2 percent by 2PM EST Thursday.

Some of the names holding on to gains included:

Raytheon Company RTN

Northrop Grumman Corporation NOC

General Dynamics Corporation GD

Honeywell International Inc. HON

United Technologies Corporation UTX

Lockheed Martin Corporation LMT

 

The iShares Dow Jones US Aerospace & Defense ETF ITA recently traded at $114.79, up 1.54 percent.

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