The GovCon IndexÂ staged a recovery in afternoon trade after a limp open Thursday but closed at a loss of 0.059 points to 78.791 as Britain’s referendum on whether to exit the European Union continued to dominate global financial market activity.
All campaign activities surrounding the “Brexit” vote set for Thursday were suspended after Member of Parliament Jo Cox, who favors staying in the EU, was murdered Thursday morning duringÂ meeting withÂ residents in her district.
Bloomberg reportsÂ the pound strengthened for a second straight dayÂ as bookmaker odds have decreased that Britain will leave the EU.
Shares in British defense contractor and GCI stockÂ BAE Systems PLC, which trade over-the-counter in the U.S., rose 1.34 percent Thursday as investors adjusted their positions on whether the U.K. public will vote to proceed with the Brexit.
BAE’s stock in the U.S. hasÂ 2.67Â percent within the past month and are down 4.65Â percent since its June 7 close.
U.S. stocksÂ reversed declinesÂ in afternoon tradeÂ to snap a five-day losing streak, while Thursday was the GCI’s third straight day in narrow range at the close.
Top GovCon Index Net Gainers
|Symbol||Company||$ Current Price||Net ChangeÂ â´||% Change|
Top GovCon Index Percentage Gainers
|Symbol||Company||$ Current Price||Net Change||% ChangeÂ â´|
*Also listed in the S&P 500 composite index
|Advancing GovCon Index Issues||14|
|Declining GovCon Index Issues||15|
|Unchanged GovCon Index Issues||1|
|Index||Value||Net Change||% Change|
|S&P 500||2, 077.99||+6.49||+0.31%|
|Dow Jones Industrial Average||17, 633.10||+92.93||+0.53%|