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June 3, 2014
10:02 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics awarded contract to support U.S. Joint Forces program
General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded a contract supporting the U. S. Joint Staff J7 to provide operational support services to the Joint Force Development program. The multiple-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract has a potential value of $876.9M over five years to all seven awardees, if all options are exercised. Under this contract, General Dynamics will provide continuously adaptive education, training assessments, experimentation and infrastructure for training and real-world operations that serve as the foundation of learning for joint force development. Specific tasks include concept development and planning, logistics, modeling and simulation, architecture design, model management and operations, scenario development, distributed learning and courseware development, event response and control cells and facility operations. The company will also develop future joint training environments and test and evaluate new equipment. Work will be performed in Suffolk, Virginia and various locations worldwide.
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July 22, 2014
15:30 EDTGDNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include PepsiCo (PEP) , consensus $1.23; Boeing (BA), consensus $2.01; Dow Chemical (DOW), consensus 72c; EMC (EMC), consensus 43c; Simon Property Group (SPG), consensus $2.13; Thermo Fisher (TMO), consensus $1.62; General Dynamics (GD), consensus $1.77; Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), consensus 49c; Delta Air Lines (DAL), consensus $1.04; Northrop Grumman (NOC), consensus $2.22; Whirlpool (WHR), consensus $2.91; B/E Aerospace (BEAV), consensus $1.07; Ryder (R), consensus $1.40; Owens Corning (OC), consensus 46c.
July 11, 2014
10:02 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics to continue ACV testing for Marines
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July 9, 2014
11:16 EDTGDAeroVironment rallies after better than expected results
Shares of AeroVironment (AVAV), which develops a portfolio of products and services for unmanned aircraft and efficient energy systems, are rallying after the company reported better than expected fourth quarter results. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, AeroVironment reported Q4 EPS of 35c and revenue of $73.5M, compared to analysts' consensus estimates of 22c and $69.62M, respectively. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The company forecast fiscal 2015 revenue of $250M-$270M, compared to consensus of $256.2M, along with gross profit margins of 34.5%-37.5%. The company noted that planned increases in research and development and business development investments for Tactical Missile Systems, Commercial UAS and Global Observer business areas in FY15 may largely offset operating profit in the current fiscal year. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, AeroVironment soared $4.49, or 14.5%, to $35.45 on nearly five times its average daily trading volume. Including today's advance, the stock is up more than 70% over the past 12 months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other companies in the unmanned aircraft space include Lockheed Martin (LMT), General Dynamics (GD), and Northrop Grumman (NOC), though all of those are significantly larger than AeroVironment.

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