Lockheed Martin shares hit a fresh all-time high on Wednesday, interest in missile defense systems surges amid North Korean tests

August 10, 2017 10:30 am

According to a recent statement by Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT), interest by its clients in missile defense systems has increased, as North Korea’s long-range missile tests reportedly continued to intensify, while heightening alert in neighboring states South Korea and Japan.

Lockheed Martin shares closed higher for a ninth consecutive trading session on Wednesday. It has also been the steepest daily surge since May 19th. The stock went up 1.71% ($5.12) to $305.22, after touching an intraday high at $305.54 and also a fresh all-time high. In the week ended on August 6th the shares of the global security and aerospace company added 2.27% to their market value compared to a week ago, which marked a fifth consecutive period of gains. The stock has extended its advance to 4.48% so far during the current month, following a 5.23% surge in July. The latter has been the sixth gain out of seven months and also the sharpest one since February. For the entire past year, Lockheed Martin shares gained 15.10%.

“The level of dialogue around missile defense is now at the prime minister and minister of defense level”, Tim Cahill, the vice president of Lockheed Martin’s Air and Missile Defense unit, said in an interview, cited by Reuters.

“North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen”, US President Donald Trump warned on August 8th.

Higher interest in defense systems could transform into sales for Lockheed during the upcoming years.

Sales of weaponry are sanctioned by the US government in a process, which often requires legislators’ approval.

According to CNN Money, the 19 analysts, offering 12-month forecasts regarding Lockheed Martin’s stock price, have a median target of $300.00, with a high estimate of $340.00 and a low estimate of $265.00. The median estimate is a 1.71% decrease compared to the closing price of $305.22 on August 9th.

The same media also reported that 12 out of 22 surveyed investment analysts had rated Lockheed Martin Corporation’s stock as “Hold”, while 9 – as “Buy”.

Daily and Weekly Pivot Levels

With the help of the Camarilla calculation method, today’s levels of importance for the Lockheed Martin stock are presented as follows:

R1 – $305.64
R2 – $306.05
R3 (Range Resistance – Sell) – $306.47
R4 (Long Breakout) – $307.72
R5 (Breakout Target 1) – $309.18
R6 (Breakout Target 2) – $309.82

S1 – $304.80
S2 – $304.39
S3 (Range Support – Buy) – $303.97
S4 (Short Breakout) – $302.72
S5 (Breakout Target 1) – $301.26
S6 (Breakout Target 2) – $300.62

By using the traditional method of calculation, the weekly levels of importance for Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT) are presented as follows:

Central Pivot Point – $295.01
R1 – $298.99
R2 – $300.98
R3 – $304.96
R4 – $308.94

S1 – $293.02
S2 – $289.04
S3 – $287.05
S4 – $285.06

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