Aerospace & Defense ETFs Rise As Trump Inks Arms Deal With Saudis (ITA)

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The iShares Dow Jones US Aerospace & Defense ETF (NYSE:ITA) was on the rise Monday morning, amid President Trump’s new arms deal with Saudi Arabia.

The president, who last week made his first foreign journey since taking office, established a massive deal over the weekend to supply weapons to the Arab nation. The pact will be worth $350 million over a period of ten years.

CNBC notes that several defense-related stocks surged to fresh all-time highs on the news this morning:

Shortly after market open, Lockheed Martin was up about 2 percent, Raytheon was up more than 1.4 percent, Northrop Grumman climbed 1 percent and General Dynamics was up about half a percent. All four stocks reached new highs.

Boeing shares were also up around 2%, after agreeing to sell military and passenger aircraft to Saudi Arabia during Trump’s visit there.

Meanwhile, the iShares Dow Jones US Aerospace & Defense ETF (NYSE:ITA), which counts the companies mentioned above among its top holdings, was trading at $154.97 per share on Monday morning, up $1.82 (+1.19%). Year-to-date, ITA has gained 10.28%, versus a 7.04% rise in the benchmark S&P 500 index during the same period.

ITA currently has an ETF Daily News SMART Grade of A (Strong Buy), and is ranked #4 of 34 ETFs in the Industrials Equities ETFs category.