Orbital ATK and Huntington Ingalls Industries lifted the sector ETF, both stocks were up over 2 percent earlier. Shares of Orbital and Huntington Ingalls closed up over 2 percent and over 1 percent, respectively.
Huntington Ingalls was on pace for is
The ITA was also on pace for its second consecutive positive day since Feb. 27 — and for its best day since March 28.
iShares U.S. Aerospace & Defense ETF (ITA) share performance year to date
Shares of ITA are up over 6 percent year to date.
— CNBC's Gina Francolla contributed to this report.