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US President-elect Donald Trump has sent another stock reeling into the red.
Barely a week after taking shots at Boeing, Donald Trump took aim at Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter jet programme, saying the cost was “out of control”.
“The F-35 program and cost is out of control. Billions of dollars can
and will be saved on military (and other) purchases after January
20th,” Mr Trump said.
Following the tweet on Monday morning, shares of the aerospace company plunged by more than 4 per cent in early trade.
Based on the number of shares outstanding, the tweet has shaved just over $3.5bn from Lockheed’s market value.
Shares of the New York-listed company fell by more than 5 per cent by
midday on Monday, and had not fully recovered by market close. By 4pm
Eastern Time, the share price had only bounced back half way by about
2.5 per cent.
The President-elect’s comment has also had a knock-on for other
companies involved in the project, which is worth up to $400bn over the
Shares in Northrop Gumman were down 4 per cent, while Britain’s BAE
Systems saw its stock slip 1.3 per cent after Mr Trump’s tweet. Neither
of those companies’ share prices have recovered throughout Monday.
Mr Trump’s latest twitter firestorm comes just one week after he used
the same social media platform to take aim at Boeing over costs for the
replacement Air Force One.
Boeing fell by 1.5 per cent after the tweet but ended the trading day positive.
Although Lockheed’s dip is temporary, it is a reminder of investors’
knee-jerk reaction when the President-elect expresses his views on a
company. His tweet is also a cause for concern in the longer term, as
the anticipated increase in defence spending in 2017 may not be as
lucrative to contractors as they had hoped.
A Lockheed Martin executive responded to Mr Trump’s attack, insisting that the company has taken steps to cut costs.
“Since the beginning, we have invested hundreds of millions of
dollars to reduce the price of the airplane by about 70 per cent since
its original costing, and we project it to be about £85m in the 2019 or
2020 time frame”, said Jeff Babione, Lockheed Martin’s F-35 programme
A week before Mr Trump won the presidential election, the US Defence
Department and Lockheed Martin concluded their 14-month negotiations on
their ninth contract for F-35 fighter jets.
The F-35 Lightining II is meant to become the next leading-edge
platform for the US Air Force, Navy and Marines, as well for the armed
forces of nearly 10 US allies, including the UK, Netherlands and
Last week, the President-elect critcised Boeing by claiming the total
cost of Boeing’s 747 Air Force One programme would be more than $4bn.
On Twitter, he said: "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force
One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4
billion. Cancel order!”
U.S. Air Force F-15 Eagle assigned to the 44th Fighter Squadron out of
Kadena Air Base, Japan, connects with a KC-135 Stratotanker out of
McConnell Air Force Base, Kan., Oct. 10, 2016, during a RED FLAG-Alaska
(RF-A) 17-1 mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Karen