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Defense Stocks Jump as Israel Conflict Sends Jitters Through Markets

The biggest exchange-traded funds tracking the U.S. aerospace and defense sector gained Monday amid the fighting in Israel and Gaza.

Shares of defense companies leaped amid the fighting in Israel and Gaza.

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Major U.S.-listed companies rose in early trading:

Lockheed Martin was up more than 7%, while Northrop Grumman climbed more than 10%, on track for its largest percentage increase since March 2020.

RTX was up more than 4%.

Europe’s defense companies were among the best performers in the Stoxx Europe 600 index:

BAE Systems, Italy’s Leonardo and France’s Dassault Aviation all gained more than 4%, as did Thales, which makes electronic systems and devices for the aerospace and defense industries.

German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall was up over 6%

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