If you just looked at the headlines, you’d think this is the absolute worst time to invest in anything related to nuclear power.
After all, Big Media has been giving us a steady diet of stories about the benefit to the planet found in green energy.
Don’t get me wrong. I have recommended solar and related stocks in the past. The issue confronting us is that right now we don’t have nearly enough large, industrial-grade storage systems for wind or solar power.
Which brings me back around to a company that is set to double its stock, not by avoiding nuclear power, but by gladly embracing it.
That’s a good thing because right now as we speak roughly 55 nuclear power plants are being built around the world. And just the equipment part of the sector is worth $67.2 billion.
The Pentagon just unveiled a new platform it calls Pathfinder.
No, it’s not a new robotic weapons system… or a new high-tech tank… or even an innovative mapping system.
Instead, this is a program that addresses the Pentagon as a huge bureaucracy, instead of as a fighting force.
Pathfinder is a new program to migrate tons of data, some of it quite sensitive, to the cloud. And the U.S. Department of Defense is contracting with cloud leader Amazon Web Services in a deal that could eventually be worth billions to make it happen.
As you might imagine in this era of cyberattacks, not everyone in Washington is on board with the massive data migration.
They worry that the Pentagon is exposing itself to hackers who may come from China, North Korea, or Russia. After all, black-hat teams tied to those three nations attempt to penetrate our military networks on an almost hourly basis.
Here’s the thing. There’s a relatively new approach out there that offers far more security, not to mention a permanent record of every single transaction involving a military budget totaling more than $750 billion.
It’s a system I call the Milblock.
In a moment, I’ll explain just what I’m talking about.
My childhood family dinner conversations were a bit different than most folks’.
Sure, we talked about school, sports, neighborhood gossip, movies – normal stuff. But we also talked about military contractors, weapons systems, and defense budgets.
That’s because my father was the award-winning senior military editor for Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine, the bible of that industry. And that gave me a front-row seat for the military de-escalations and escalations of the 1970s and 1980s.
Therefore, when last year President Donald Trump called for raising the fiscal 2018 defense budget by 10%, I took notice.
Without doing the math – thanks to those long-ago family dinners – I knew immediately that this would represent the biggest defense budget increase since the Ronald Reagan years.
But that’s just trivia. Here’s the “meat”…
President Trump wants more airplanes, tanks, and troops as well as technology for missile defense and a wide range of other platforms. And that means 2018 is stacking up to be the best year for the defense industry – and its investors – since 1981.
That gives us a target-rich profit opportunity for this New Year.
On Aug. 30, off the coast of Hawaii, sailors aboard the USS John Paul Jones tracked, intercepted, and shot down a medium-range ballistic missile.
It was a milestone in our nation’s defense system.
Doing so put North Korea and Kim Jong-un on notice that we can shoot down their missiles before those missiles reach the U.S. mainland or one of our Asian-Pacific allies.
And it’s about time.
North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs have developed much, much faster than the Pentagon predicted. And that has created a threat that has jump-started our need for advanced missile defense technologies – and spending on them.
Indeed, missile defense technology is so critical to the United States right now that it was a big driver behind Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC)’s just announced plan to acquire Orbital ATK Inc. (NSE: OA) for $9.2 billion.
Orbital specializes in the missile defense technology that we so badly need right now.
And so the deal reaffirms our belief that Northrop is the best of the Big Defense plays out there. Northrop has soared nearly 46% since our first recommendation in April 2016 – including a 10% gain since the Sept. 17 announcement of the Orbital deal.
Today I want to go in-depth on why that Orbital deal reinforces our “case” for Northrop.
And I want to show you how you can take a ride on all the defense industry M&A deals we’ll be seeing over the next few years.
This single investment gained just 1.75% in 2015 – but 19% in 2016.