*Yemen, Iraq, Syria war strain supply chains. DUBAI, Nov 12- Having rushed to war in Yemen just as oil prices sank, Gulf Arab militaries are in a thrifty mood. Saudi Arabia for example is proceeding with a modernization of its navy, and Kuwait is still poised to buy $3 billion of fighter jets from Boeing on top of $7 billion in Eurofighters.» Read More
The company, which makes Abrams tanks and Stryker combat vehicles for the U.S. Army as well as Gulfstream jets, reported net profit of $408 million, or $1 a share, compared with $406 million, or $1 a share, a year earlier.
The U.S. government spent some $30 billion on the defense in 2006--and that helped make stocks in the sector quite valuable to investors. As we look into 2007, the question about how defense stocks will do this year was a topic on "Morning Call" (we had viewer email submissions). The question may be even more important as the Democrats take control of Congress.
The F-35's safe first flight is an important step toward full production of the $276.5 billion fighter project, which Lockheed Martin is developing.
The Iraq Study Group will bring its long awaited recommendations to President Bush on Wednesday--but it remains to be seen just how closely the Bush administration will adhere to its proposals. On CNBC’s “Power Lunch” --Bill Griffeth discussed the group with Michael Duffy, Time magazine’s Washington Bureau Chief and John Harwood--CNBC Chief Washington Correspondent.
Lockheed Martin shares hit an all-time high on reports of new aircraft orders from the U.S. Air Force.