Russian Nuclear Alert and Raytheon Stock

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Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon is one of the world’s largest defense contractors providing drones, aircraft engines, satellites, guided missiles, air defense systems, cybersecurity, and avionics to the US and Western clients. Its four subsidiaries are Raytheon Missiles and Defense, Raytheon Intelligence and Space, Pratt and Whitney, and Collins Aerospace. Raytheon makes the Patriot anti-missile system. As we recently noted these systems are located in Romania and Poland and capable of intercepting Russian missiles. Raytheon, along with other defense contractors, is likely to benefit as the West beefs up it armaments to counter Putin adventurism.

Germany Does an About Face and Sends Arms to Ukraine

Germany had taken a lot of flak for not helping Ukraine against the Russians. German public opinion has driven the new leader Olaf Sholz to reverse decades of German foreign policy. In a speech in the Bundestag, Sholz promised to up German defense spending to 2% of GDP and devote €100 billion to modernization of the German military. And Germany will start sending arms to help Ukraine. When reading “modernize,” think of the sort of advanced weaponry that Raytheon supplies. Think of increasing profits for the US defense company.

Does Putin Think about Lavrentiy Beria?

Beria is a name out of the past but someone who Putin certainly thinks about. Beria was the longest serving Russian secret police head. When Stalin died he was one of three (troika) who ran the USSR. He was hated and feared to the degree that the high-ranking members of the Soviet leadership accused him of crimes against the state at a meeting and with the backing of the head of the military, immediately arrested him. He was tried without defense counsel, executed and interred in a mass grave. As things go south with Putin’s invasion of Ukraine it should be no wonder that we see him sitting across the room from his cabinet so that no one can attack or arrest him. Are we seeing Mr. Putin’s options being pared away? With the West looking on and thinking that the long-feared horror of nukes being used in Europe could become a reality, don’t be surprised if everyone in range of Russian missiles puts in a couple of orders with Raytheon for the Patriot system. For options traders it might simply be a matter of watching the news and anticipating ups and downs of the stock.

Don’t Trade Alone as This Plays Out

As we so often say during times of market turmoil, don’t trade alone. Work with one of the trading squadrons at Top Gun Options and stay on top of the market. As much as we are concerned about the situation in Ukraine, as options traders we can profit however events play out and no matter which way the market reacts. You need only look at how we made millionaires here at Top Gun Options during the Covid crash and recovery when the “smart money” called it wrong both when the market fell and when the Fed turned on the spigot to drive the market back up again.

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CEO TOPGUN Options, chairman & founder No Fallen Heroes Foundation, ONN.tv founder and CEO, Former F/A-18 USN fighter pilot, TOPGUN (adv) graduate. Father of 3.

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Matthew "Whiz" Buckley

Matthew "Whiz" Buckley

CEO TOPGUN Options, chairman & founder No Fallen Heroes Foundation, ONN.tv founder and CEO, Former F/A-18 USN fighter pilot, TOPGUN (adv) graduate. Father of 3.