November 30 Market Close: GovCon Index Retreats, Ends Best Month Since July as US Stocks Stay in Tight Range

GovConIndexDOWNExecutive Mosaic’s GovCon Index retreated Wednesday on declines by large prime and middle-tier services contractors that offset a surge by McKesson Corp. (NYSE: MCK) in a session that saw U.S. stocks trade in narrow range to close the month of November.

U.S. market activity was dominated by the agreement among OPEC countries to reduce oil production by 4.5 percent and news of that pact sent energy stocks up 4.8 percent but the S&P 500 composite index closed at little change with utilities the largest decliner among six sectors.

Wednesday’s declines did little to offset the best month for both the GovCon Index and U.S. stocks since July as the GCI rose 13.07 percent for November and the S&P 500 added 3.42 percent on investor anticipation over President-elect Donald Trump’s economic agenda that emphasizes defense and infrastructure spending along with other domestic-focused items such as corporate tax reductions.

On a year-to-date basis, the GovCon Index has risen 18.56 percent and the S&P 500 has climbed 7.74 percent.

GovCon Index decliners outnumbered advancers by a 2-to-1 ratio Wednesday and three of its 11 S&P 500 components registered declines with co-listed McKesson the best net gainer in the GCI overall and Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) as the lowest performer.

Shares in Northrop tumbled after Bloomberg reported a company program to develop a new cyber-hardened network for the U.S. Air Force has nearly doubled in cost and missed a major deadline by more than three years.

ManTech International (Nasdaq: MANT) posted the GCI’s second-biggest net loss Wednesday after Maxim Group downgraded its rating on the government services contractor to “Hold” from “Buy” in a note to investors Wednesday.

That downgrade spurred declines of at least $1.00 by other mid-tier and services providers Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC), Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) CGI Group (NYSE: GIB) and CACI International (NYSE: CACI).

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) weighed as the GCI’s third-largest laggard despite the military shipbuilder’s open to a new 52-week high Wednesday and its decline continues a six-day stretch of trades between gains and losses for the Newport News, Virginia-based company.

Shares in Huntington Ingalls surged 10.78 percent in November as investors singled out the company as a beneficiary of Trump’s pledge to increase the U.S. Navy‘s fleet, while engineering and construction contractors AECOM (NYSE: ACM) and KBR (NYSE: KBR) climbed 30.52 and 12.82 percent respectively on optimism over the president-elect’s infrastructure proposals.

Twelve GCI stocks in total with five also in the S&P 500 registered declines greater than $1.00 Wednesday, while McKesson and Navistar International (NYSE: NAV) posted gains above that benchmark.

Crude oil futures in New York settled up 9.31 percent in its biggest one-day gain since Feb. 12 to $49.44 a barrel on the OPEC deal.

Market Summary

Index Value Net Change % Change
GovCon Index 89.353 -0.482 -0.536%
S&P 500  2, 198.81 -5.85 -0.27%
Dow Jones Industrial Average 19, 123.58 +1.98 +0.01%
NASDAQ 5, 323.68 -56.24 -0.21%
Advancing GovCon Index Issues 11
Declining GovCon Index Issues 18
Unchanged GovCon Index Issues 1

Lowest GovCon Index Net Performers

Symbol Company $ Current Price Net Change ▾ % Change
NOC Northrop Grumman * 249.65 -2.15 -0.85%
MANT ManTech International 43.01 -1.82 -4.06%
HII Huntington Ingalls Industries 178.76 -1.79 -0.99%
SAIC SAIC 82.57 -1.74 -2.06%
OA Orbital ATK 85.33 -1.59 -1.83%

Lowest GovCon Index Percentage Performers

Symbol Company $ Current Price Net Change % Change ▾
MANT ManTech International 43.01 -1.82 -4.06%
GIB CGI Group 47.37 -1.34 -2.75%
EGL Engility Holdings 36.25 -1.02 -2.74%
SAIC SAIC 82.57 -1.74 -2.06%
OA Orbital ATK 85.33 -1.59 -1.83%

Top GovCon Index Net Performers

Symbol Company $ Current Price Net Change ▴ % Change
MCK McKesson Corp. * 143.81 +2.56 +1.81%
NAV Navistar International 30.76 +1.24 +4.20%
HON Honeywell International * 113.94 +0.60 +0.53%
COL Rockwell Collins 92.72 +0.38 +0.41%
KBR KBR 16.71 +0.23 +1.40%

Top GovCon Index Percentage Performers

Symbol Company $ Current Price Net Change % Change ▴
NAV Navistar International 30.76 +1.24 +4.20%
MCK McKesson Corp. * 143.81 +2.56 +1.81%
KBR KBR 16.71 +0.23 +1.40%
HON Honeywell International * 113.94 +0.60 +0.53%
COL Rockwell Collins 92.72 +0.38 +0.41%

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