With the GOP Convention underway this week, the issue of national security will likely become a hot button topic, once again.
Expect to hear party leaders say things like the United States should maintain a strong national defense and the next president should preserve all options in dealing with conflicts abroad.
No matter where you stand on the issue personally, it would seem logical to think a McCain victory would benefit the defense sector. But that might not be the case.
According to Sanford Bernstein senior analyst Doug Harned the money spent on defense would not be substantially different if either McCain or Obama wins the White House.
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“The situation right now in terms of defense spending is tight,” explains Harned on Fast Money. “When you look at the high level of geo-political threats and the recapitalization of the military it doesn’t really matter what side of the aisle you're on. You’ve got to support increasing baseline investment in the defense budgets. Or else we’re not going to be able to deal with the threats that are out there.”
How do you trade?
The options action in Lockheed Martin suggests to me that this stock could go higher, explains Pete Najarian.
I think Dems are bullish for defense contractors, adds Jeff Macke.
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