The GovCon Index consistently traded lower for the entirety of Monday trade and closed at a decline of 0.509 points to 77.267 with U.S. financial markets choppy in light of a sharp gain by Apple and speculation among investors about potential interest rate hikes this year.
Non-Index company KBR closed down 6 cents to $14.21 after the global engineering and construction company announced its $570 million acquisition of government services contractor Wyle Laboratories to expand federal contract work in domestic locations.
Apple closed up 1.27 percent upon news that the company asked suppliers to build more units of the future iPhone 7 than industry expected, according to Reuters.
U.S. investors reacted to remarks from the San Francisco and St. Louis Fed presidents that indicated a willingness by the central bank to move on a rate increase in June ahead of Chair Janet Yellen’s scheduled remarks Friday, Reuters reported.
|Advancing GovCon Index Issues||2|
|Declining GovCon Index Issues||27|
|Unchanged GovCon Index Issues||1|
|Index||Value||Net Change||% Change|
|S&P 500||2, 048.04||-4.28
|Dow Jones Industrial Average||17, 492.93||-8.01||-0.05%|