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WASHINGTON— Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. In 2008, Social Security said the project was about two to three years from completion.
*General Dynamics, Northrop beat profit estimates. *General Dynamics reports higher aerospace orders. July 23- U.S. weapons makers General Dynamics Corp and Northrop Grumman Corp raised their 2014 profit forecasts as cost cutting allowed them to improve profitability even as defense spending by the U.S. government remained low.
DEARBORN, Mich.— Ford's luxury Lincoln division is getting a new president. Kumar Galhotra, Ford's vice president of engineering, will become president of Lincoln on Sept. 1. Ford's global marketing chief, Jim Farley, led Lincoln for the last 18 months.
NEW YORK— U.S. stocks are closing higher as more companies turn in solid earnings. Lockheed Martin rose 3 percent after the defense contractor's profit and revenue beat analysts' forecasts. Comcast rose 2 percent after reporting higher profit than the market was expecting.
BETHESDA, Md.— Lockheed Martin Corp. on Tuesday reported earnings that increased by 3.5 percent in its second quarter, and topped analysts' expectations. The Bethesda, Maryland- based company said profit increased to $889 million, or $2.76 per share, from $859 million, or $2.64 per share, in the same quarter a year ago.
Boeing rose$. 79 or. 6 percent, to $129.09. Northrop Grumman Corp. rose$. 93 or. 7 percent, to $126.05. Raytheon rose$. 93 or 1.0 percent, to $96.75.
*Q2 earnings $2.76/ share vs $2.64 a year earlier. July 22- Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's largest defense supplier, reported a 3.5 percent rise in quarterly profit on Tuesday and raised its full-year earnings forecast, sending its shares up more than 2 percent.
Boeing rose$. 78 or. 6 percent, to $129.08. Lockheed Martin Corp. rose $3.53 or 2.2 percent, to $166.51. Northrop Grumman Corp. rose$. 64 or. 5 percent, to $125.75.
*Raises 2014 profit forecast to $10.85- $11.15/ share. July 22- Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's largest defense supplier, reported a 3.5 percent rise in quarterly profit as higher interest rates lowered its pension liability.
Comcast rose 1.3 percent after reporting higher profits than investors were expecting. Defense contractor Lockheed Martin rose 2 percent after the company's income and revenue beat analysts' forecasts. The DAX in Germany and the CAC-40 in France both rose 1 percent.
*Raises 2014 profit forecast to $10.85- $11.15/ share. July 22- Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon's largest defense supplier, reported a 3.5 percent rise in quarterly profit as it benefited from a change in pension plans for some non-union employees.
July 22- Lockheed Martin Corp, the. The company raised its full-year earnings forecast to $10.85- $11.15 per share, from $10.50- $10.80. Net income rose to $889 million, or $2.76 per share, in the second quarter ended June 29, from $859 million, or $2.64 per share, a year earlier.
TOKYO— World stock markets rose Tuesday as tensions over the downing of a passenger jet in Ukraine eased after pro- Moscow separatists released a train packed with bodies and handed over the aircraft's black boxes. In Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 gained 0.5 percent to 6,764.55 and Germany's DAX added 0.8 percent to 9,689.15.
Boeing rose$. 66 or. 5 percent, to $128.30. Lockheed Martin Corp. rose$. 49 or. 3 percent, to $162.98. Northrop Grumman Corp. rose $1.25 or 1.0 percent, to $125.12.
*Lockheed Martin, Airbus and Boeing are still in the race. COPENHAGEN, July 21- Swedish defense company Saab has dropped out of a tender to supply Denmark with up to 30 fighter jets, the Danish Defense Ministry said on Monday, confirming an earlier report.
News of Malaysian Air 17's crash in Eastern Ukraine sent a ripple effect through the markets, says "Fast Money" trader Jon Najarian.
FARNBOROUGH, England, July 17- Traditionally companies which have guarded their secrets closely, arms makers are opening up to partnerships and technology sharing to meet the demands of overseas buyers they need to offset budget cuts at home.
A Boeing executive says space exploration must be resold to the public in these days of tight budgets and declining interest.
*Airbus, Boeing offer cheaper options than scrapped Nimrod. FARNBOROUGH, England, July 17- Two high-profile sea searches have exposed a shortfall in Britain's maritime patrol capabilities, raising hopes at rival planemakers Airbus and Boeing that they could soon be fighting over a multi-billion dollar contract.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 16- The U.S. Air Force released the first of up to eight solicitations for space launch services outside of its controversial, exclusive, multibillion-dollar agreement with United Launch Alliance, a partnership of Lockheed Martin and Boeing.