Defense company stocks jump as US doubles arms sales to NATO

The year 2022 ends with a shocking toll: according to figures cited by American General Mark Miley, 200,000 people have been killed or injured in the fratricidal war in Ukraine.

These horrific casualties allowed arms manufacturers to make huge profits. Under conditions where the Dow Jones index fell 10 percent for the year as a whole, US defense company stock prices surged.

President Joe Biden greets workers during a tour of the Lockheed Martin, Pike County Operations plant, where Javelin anti-tank missiles are manufactured, Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Troy, Alabama (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Over the past 12 months, Northrop Grumman’s stock price is up 40 percent, Raytheon’s nearly 17 percent and Lockheed Martin’s 37 percent.

According to some estimates, military spending by the United States and its allies is rising to a level not seen since the end of World War II.

The number and monetary value of arms sales approved by the United States to its NATO allies almost doubled in 2022 compared to 2021, according to an analysis by the magazine Foreign Policy.

Shares of defense contractor Northrop Grumman Corp have jumped more than 40 percent in the past year [Photo: Google Finance] [Photo: Google Finance]

Foreign Policy wrote: “In 2021, the US government approved 14 possible major arms sales to NATO allies worth approximately $15.5 billion. In 2022, that number jumped to 24 possible major arms sales worth around $28 billion, including $1.24 billion in arms sales to Finland, an expected future NATO member. .”

In December, Germany announced an $8.4 billion plan to buy dozens of F-35 fighters from American arms manufacturers. In the same month, the United States approved a plan to sell more than one hundred M1 Abrams main battle tanks to Poland.

Shares of Lockheed Martin Corp, maker of the F-35 fighter jet, are up 37 percent on the year [Photo: Google Finance] [Photo: Google Finance]

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