NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Lockheed Martin (LMT) - Get Report are up by 1.94% to $206.40 in mid-morning trading on Wednesday, after the company's United Launch Alliance joint venture with Boeing (BA) - Get Report  secured an $882 million contract with the U.S. Air Force.

The company will continue launching satellites for the Air Force in fiscal 2016 using its Delta IV and Atlas V rockets.

ULA has been the exclusive government contractor for military satellite launches since the venture was established in 2006.

However, earlier this year the Air Force certified Elon Musk's SpaceX and privately held Space Exploration Technologies as eligible to compete for contracts.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP (LMT) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth and notable return on equity. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • The stock has not only risen over the past year, it has done so at a faster pace than the S&P 500, reflecting the earnings growth and other positive factors similar to those we have cited here. Turning our attention to the future direction of the stock, it goes without saying that even the best stocks can fall in an overall down market. However, in any other environment, this stock still has good upside potential despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year.
  • LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP has improved earnings per share by 6.5% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. During the past fiscal year, LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP increased its bottom line by earning $11.21 versus $9.04 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($11.40 versus $11.21).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Aerospace & Defense industry average. The net income increased by 4.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $889.00 million to $929.00 million.
  • Despite its growing revenue, the company underperformed as compared with the industry average of 5.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 3.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Aerospace & Defense industry and the overall market, LOCKHEED MARTIN CORP's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: LMT