Defense Stocks Gearing Up For Battle Into the Election
- Posted by Greg Harmon
- on September 26th, 2012
Over the last few weeks Intrade has seen the chance for an Obama win in November run up for the mid 50′s to 75%. So with one of his platforms cuts in defense spending, it seems odd that two defense stocks look so attractive. Lockheed Martin, $LMT, is trading at near 4 year highs and Raytheon, $RTN, near all time highs. Take a look.
Lockheed Martin, $LMT
Lockheed Martin, $LMT, has been consolidating in a box between 90.50 and 93.50 since mid August. Recently it touched the 50 day Simple Moving Average (SMA) as support, and the Relative Strength Index (RSI) has held positive ad is rising again. The kicker is the Moving Average Convergence Divergence indicator (MACD) is negative but is starting to improve. Sings are pointing up. it may stop at the top of the box again but a move over 93.50 has a Measured Move higher to 100 and the 3-box reversal Point and Figure chart (PnF) has a price objective much higher at 120. No fear of budget cuts here.
The weekly chart for Raytheon, $RTN, shows it as approaching the top of a “W” pattern at the all time highs from 2008. A break above the top near 59 carries a massive target on continuation to 96. The RSI is strong and bullish and the MACD is holding positive. The PnF shows it has met its price objective at 59. But if it prints a 60 handle that price objective will change to the low 90s on a triple top break out. I guess you know the trigger know to get long huh?
So what makes these two defense related stocks so attractive in the face of budget cuts? Could it be their dividends at 4.4% for Lockheed Martin and 3.5% for Raytheon? If that is the case rotation could be setting up again into dividend names.
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Gregory W. Harmon CMT, CFA, has traded in the Securities markets since 1986. He has held senior positions including Head of Global Trading, Head of Product Development, Head of Strategy and Director of Equity. (More)
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