February 23 Market Close: GovCon Index Falls, Oil Decline & Consumer Index Miss Weigh on US Stocks

GovConIndexDOWNThe GovCon Index failed to carry over momentum from Monday’s sharp gain and posted a decline of 0.417 points to 71.815 Tuesday as U.S. stocks also suffered losses driven by another decline in oil prices and a new Consumer Confidence Index reading that fell below economists’ expectations.

Intelsat (NYSE: I) posted a second consecutive steep decline with Tuesday’s loss to the tune of 9.19 percent and shares in the satellite services provider have fallen 19.19 percent over two days after the company cut its 2016 sales outlook and stated fourth quarter revenue that missed Wall Street analyst forecasts.

The S&P 500 composite index, which also contains 11 GovCon Index stocks, fell 1.25 percent as crude oil futures in New York settled down 4.55 percent to $31.87 on reports that a deal between the major petroleum providers to cut production is not gaining traction but they may opt for an output freeze in March, according to CNBC.

CNBC also reported the consumer confidence index declined 5 points from January to 92.2 in February, while analysts expected the February reading to come in at or near January levels.

Top GovCon Index Gainers

Symbol Company $ Current Price Net Change % Change
COL Rockwell Collins 89.10 +0.94 +1.07%
VEC Vectrus 18.57 +0.17 +0.92%
CUB Cubic Corp. 34.58 +0.28 +0.82%
RTN Raytheon* 125.22 +0.71 +0.57%
OA Orbital ATK 84.57 +0.10 +0.12%

*Also listed in the S&P 500 composite index

Market Summary

Advancing GovCon Index Issues  23
Declining GovCon Index Issues 7
Unchanged GovCon Index Issues 0
Index Value Net Change % Change
GovCon Index 71.815 -0.417 -0.577%
S&P 500 1, 921.27 -24.23 -1.25%
Dow Jones Industrial Average 16, 431.78 -188.88 -1.14%
NASDAQ 4, 503.58 -67.02 -1.47%

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