These 7 aerospace and defense stocks are getting a huge boost from Trump’s strike on Iran

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Aerospace and defense companies are among the few groups of stocks rising in Friday trading, with escalating tensions between the US and Iran boosting the war-driven industries.

The S&P 500 Aerospace & Defense Industry Index climbed as much as 1.5%, while major indexes slid roughly 1% at their intraday lows.

A US airstrike killed top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on Thursday, leading global stocks to drop while gold and oil spiked. The attack came “at the direction of” President Trump, according to the Defense Department, and was meant to deter “future Iranian attack plans.”

Iranian officials quickly responded to the strike, with the nation’s supreme leader warning “harsh retaliation is waiting” for the US.

“Trump through his gamble has dragged the US into the most dangerous situation in the region,” a senior advisor to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said. “Whoever put his foot beyond the red line should be ready to face its consequences.”

All three major US stock indexes are down as traders flee the volatile market, but a select few firms are surging on the heightened chance of armed conflict between the US and Iran.

Here are the seven major defense and aerospace stocks rising in Friday trading, ranked in ascending order of intraday performance.

Data is as of 12:00 p.m. ET.


7. General Dynamics

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Markets Insider

Intraday performance: up as much as 0.8%

Market cap: $51.9 billion


6. TransDigm

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Markets Insider

Intraday performance: up as much as 1.1%

Market cap: $30.6 billion


5. Huntington Ingalls

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Markets Insider

Intraday performance: up as much as 1.6%

Market cap: $10.6 billion


4. Raytheon

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Markets Insider

Intraday performance: up as much as 2.4%

Market cap: $63.6 billion


3. L3Harris Technologies

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Markets Insider

Intraday performance: up as much as 3.6%

Market cap: $46.4 billion


2. Lockheed Martin

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Markets Insider

Intraday performance: up as much as 4.2%

Market cap: $117.4 billion


1. Northrop Grumman

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Markets Insider

Intraday performance: up as much as 5.5%

Market cap: $62.7 billion

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