Why Is Lockheed Martin (LMT) Stock Down Today?

  • Lockheed Martin (LMT) stock is dropping following a downgrade from Goldman Sachs.
  • Analyst Noah Poponak dropped shares to a “sell” rating.
  • The analyst also lowered his price target for LMT stock to $332.
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Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) stock is on the move Friday after the company’s shares were hit with a downgrade.

Goldman Sachs analyst Noah Poponak is behind today’s bad news for LMT stock. Poponak downgraded LMT stock from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating. For perspective, the consensus for LMT is a “hold” rating based on 15 analysts’ opinions.

Adding to this, the Goldman Sachs analyst lowered his price target for the stock from $388 to $332 per share. For comparison, the consensus price estimate for shares is $469.56. That $332 price target also represents a potential 28% downside from Thursday’s close.

Why the Bearish Stance on LMT Stock?

Poponak said the following about the downgrade in a note to clients obtained by CNBC:

“The defense budget has grown significantly to an all-time high level, and with a large level of cumulative US government debt, focus on slowing spending growth or reducing it outright could return in 2023 […] LMT is highly diversified across the defense end-market, which means it often grows at similar rates as the budget.”

LMT trading volume is low today with some 578,000 shares on the move. The company’s daily average trading volume is about 1.5 million shares. Also, LMT stock is down 2.2% as of Friday morning.

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