Business Is Good For America’s Defense Industry

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The F-35 Lightning II production line at Lockheed Martin’s facility in Fort Worth, Texas. Lockheed Martin

CNBC: There’s no business like the arms business: Here’s how the top US defense companies did in Q2 earnings

* Here’s how America’s top five defense firms — Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon — did during second-quarter earnings.
* Next week, the Senate will vote on a $1.3 trillion budget deal that includes $738 billion for defense spending.

WASHINGTON — Nobody spends money on arms like the United States, and it shows in the bottom lines of the biggest defense contractors.

The Trump administration’s 2019 defense-friendly spending bill increased the Pentagon’s spending power to a grand total of $717 billion. Next week, the Senate will vote on a $1.3 trillion budget deal for fiscal year 2020 that includes $738 billion for defense.

This week, America’s top five defense firms — Lockheed Martin, Boeing, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon — posted their second-quarter earnings. While the companies’ quarterly performances remained strong, collectively their stocks were largely unchanged. The iShares U.S. Aerospace and Defense ETF was slightly higher for this week after the companies reported. So far this year the benchmark ETF is up nearly 26%.

Here’s how America’s defense industry giants did.

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WNU Editor: Here is an easy prediction. Business is going to get even better. Especially with the rise of China and the growing arms race in Asia.



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