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Here Are 4 Stocks To Buy With The Rising Geopolitical Tensions

September 02
09:51 2021

Over the last month, there’s been an increase in geopolitical tensions. The US has been pulling out of Afghanistan which has been a difficult and complicated affair even before the tragic terrorist attack at the airport. Some analysts fear that the country could once again become a safe haven for extremists.

In addition to this, there are signs of increasing Chinese aggression in terms of its provocations towards Taiwan and patrols around the Philippines and Japanese-controlled islands. On top of this, there are reports that North Korea has restarted its nuclear reactor in Yongpyong.

Geopolitics and financial markets have always been intertwined. After 9/11, the defense sector was one of the best-performing sectors over the following decade. In the last couple of years, defense stocks have underperformed but this could change especially with recent catalysts. Therefore, investors should look to buy high-quality defense stocks like Lockheed Martin (LMT – Get Rating)Northrop Grumman (NOC – Get Rating)General Dynamics (GD – Get Rating), and OSI Systems (OSIS – Get Rating).

Lockheed Martin (LMT)

LMT is one of the top defense companies in the world. It operates through four segments: Aeronautics, Missiles and Fire Control, Rotary and Mission Systems, and Space. Currently, its largest revenue source is Aeronautics due to the F-35, however, its largest growth driver is its Space division.

While the coronavirus temporarily depressed revenues, the company has been on a strong run over the past few months as it’s inked a variety of deals providing equipment and services to countries all over the world including for its Space Infrared System and tactical Missile and Fire Control products.

LMT’s stock has been range-bound since 2018. However, over this time period, revenues and earnings have continued to compound, and it has increased dividends. Revenues have increased from $50 billion to $66 billion. EPS has gone from $8 per share to $24 per share. And, dividends have grown from $6.75 to $10.09 per share.

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