Two defense contractors will benefit the most if President Donald Trump’s budget plan is implemented, according to one top Wall Street firm.
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“From a high level, the FY19 budget largely conforms to press reports of the past few weeks and the bipartisan deal enacted last Friday. Digging into the available details, we think that plus-ups for key missile defense and legacy aircraft platforms make Lockheed Martin and Boeing early winners,” analyst Seth Seifman wrote in a note to clients Tuesday.
The analyst said the new fiscal 2019 budget if enacted would be a spending increase of 5 percent year-over-year for the Department of Defense. Seifman noted the proposal raises the orders for multiple military hardware programs.
For Lockheed Martin “DoD is requesting funding for additional Black Hawks, C-130s, and now plans to spend more on key missile defense programs including THAAD, Aegis and PAC-3 MSE,” he wrote. “Boeing may see incremental orders for helicopter programs (+3 Apaches, +1 Chinook) along with three more P-8s and higher funding for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program.”
J.P. Morgan has an overweight rating for Boeing shares with a $400 price target, representing 16 percent upside to Monday’s close.
The firm also has a neutral rating for Lockheed Martin shares with a $385 price target, representing 11 percent upside to Monday’s close.
Boeing and Lockheed Martin shares are up 1 percent Tuesday.