It’s a new year in national security, making it a good time to consider investments. Every company in national security plays a key role – from the small business to the large, publicly-traded company. But when you have the options to support different organizations that help to keep the U.S. more secure, it’s worth considering. But where to start.

20 Defense Stocks to Review

While this isn’t an exhaustive list, it provides different options of organizations that work in and around the national security industry. Some have public sector products and services, alongside their federal government support. Watch the daily contracts, and you’ll continue to see which organizations are winning contracts, securing a steady stream of income, and driving hiring and growth.

Company Ticker Current Price Trailing P/E Market Cap YTD Return Analysts Recommendation Average Target Price
The Boeing Company BA $217.45 N/A $126.95B 8.01% Overweight $259.80
General Dynamics GD $211.93 18.19 $59.08B 1.66% Overweight $233.18
Lockheed Martin LMT $361.30 16.67 $100.42B 1.66% Overweight $389.81
Palantir Technologies PLTR $16.72 N/A $33.86B -8.18% Hold $21.63
AT&T T $26.45 217.7 $188.09B 7.52% Hold $30.25
CACI CACI $275.02 14.94 $6.44B 2.16% Overweight $319.30
L3Harris Technologies LHX $220.09 29.14 $43.57B 3.21% Overweight $253.11
Northrop Grumman NOC $395.53 13.91 $63.51B 2.19% Overweight $408.83
Pfizer PFE $56.65 16.82 $318.19B -4.06% Overweight $58.23
Kratos KTOS $16.93 27.34 $2.28B -12.73% Overweight $26.32
Raytheon RTX $91.07 41.52 $135.79B 5.82% Overweight $103.81
Textron TXT $76.88 22.64 $16.86B -0.41% Overweight $87.50
Elbit Systems ESLT $176.57 23.39 $7.74B 1.40% Overweight $165.50
Honeywell HON $218.25 28.08 $148.91B 4.67% Overweight $236.75
Amazon AMZN $3,304.14 64.61 $1.68T -0.91% Buy $4,119.30
Microsoft MSFT $318.27 35.58 $2.36T -5.37% Buy $372.12
Accenture ACN $377.19 39.7 $246.95B -9.01% Overweight $437.86

Terms to Understand

Trailing P/E: A ratio for valuing a company; calculated by dividing the current share price by total earning per share over the past 12 months. N/A means the P/E is negative.

Market Cap: Market Cap is the total market value of a company’s outstanding shares.  Calculated by multiplying the total shares by the current market price of one share.

Analyst Recommendation: Consensus Analysts Recommendation is taken from MarketWatch’s five recommendations: Sell, Underweight, Hold, Overweight, and Buy, with Sell being the worst and Buy being the best. While Overweight seems like a bad thing in life, analysts are saying that it could perform better in the next 12 months compared to the benchmark. The key is understanding the analyst’s benchmark that they are using.

Average Target Price: Average Target Price is taken from MarketWatch

 

 

*Numbers are as of  January 12, 2022, close of market. 

*This article is intended to be informational only; it is not financial advice. 

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.