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McAleese & Associates Assesses Defense Spending Trends

A report by consulting firm McAleese & Associates says investors should expect the defense budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 at a range of $700B to $716B per year. Jim McAleese, founder and principal at McAleese & Associates, wrote in the report that the Pentagon’s overall budget in FY 2019 demonstrates …

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January 18 Market Close: GovCon Index Higher, US Stocks Mixed After Fed Chair Speech

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index traded higher Wednesday on help from its large-cap components against mixed U.S. stock movements as investors awaited Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen’s speech on the U.S. economy during the last hour of trade. GovCon Index gainers slightly edged decliners each and nine of its 11 S&P 500 companies advanced with co-listed Raytheon (NYSE: …

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December 5 Morning Report: GovCon Index Records 4th Weekly Gain on November Jobs Data, Likely Interest Hike

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index closed Friday up 0.442 percent to 89.812 and ended the week with its fourth straight five-day advance on reports of nonfarm public and private sector payrolls in November above analyst expectations and a likely interest rate increase Dec. 14. GCI gainers outnumbered decliners Friday by a 2-to-1 ratio, with General Dynamics …

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November 17 Market Close: GovCon Index Nudges Green, Fed Chair Tells Congress Rate Hike Near

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index nudged a slight gain Thursday in a mostly positive session for the U.S. stock market at-large as investors listened to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen’s congressional testimony. GovCon Index decliners edged advancers and three of its 11 S&P 500 components closed green with Honeywell International (NYSE: HON) the best net gainer among …

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November 16 Market Close: GovCon Index Lower as Defense Primes Slow Post-Election Surge

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index traded lower Wednesday on sell-offs in its largest defense prime components as U.S. stocks also held modestly down with financial stocks and utilities among the most notable decliners. GovCon Index laggards outnumbered gainers by a 2-to-1 ratio and all 11 of its S&P 500 components fell with Lockheed Martin …

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October 17 Market Close: GovCon Index Shows Little Change as Energy & Consumer Declines Weigh on US Markets

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index posted little change for a second consecutive session Monday on mixed results among its large-cap companies as U.S. stocks closed mostly lower due to a sell-off in consumer and energy sector shares that coincided with a decline in crude oil prices. GovCon Index laggers outnumbered advancers and four of …

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September 26 Morning Report: GovCon Index Registers Weekly Gain on Fed’s Interest Rate Decision

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index closed Friday with a decline of 0.495 percent to 81.375 but posted a weekly gain of 2.57 percent after the Federal Reserve decision Wednesday to maintain current interest rates. The GCI’s S&P 500-listed companies and other large defense contractors helped drive gains, with Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) as the top net performer Friday …

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September 22 Market Close: GovCon Index Extends Post-Fed Rate Decision Gains, KBR Joins GCI After Govt Services Acquisitions

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index rose for a second straight session Thursday to extend gains on the Federal Reserve‘s Wednesday decision to leave interest rates unchanged on a mix of contributions from large defense platform makers and services-oriented contractors. Thursday also represented the GovCon Index’s first day of activity with KBR (NYSE: KBR) …

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September 21 Market Close: GovCon Index Returns Above 80 After Fed Holds on Rate Hike & Signals December Move

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index added 1 percent Wednesday to record its best session in two months and close above 80 points for the first time since Sept. 12 with 29 out of 30 stocks in positive after the Federal Reserve left benchmark interest rates unchanged and signaled a potential move in …

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September 19 Market Close: GovCon Index Lifts, US Stocks Mixed Ahead of Fed Policy Summit

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index rose Monday in an attempt to close above the 80-point barrier for the first time since Sept. 12 on gains by large defense primes and services-oriented companies. The GCI’s positive movement contrasted activity in U.S. financial markets as stocks turned south in the final hour of trade and closed mixed ahead …

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