The fourth quarter of 2012 saw continued strength in the space sector. The companies in the Space Foundation Services Index led the way with nearly 8 percent growth, followed by those in the Space Foundation Index and the Space Foundation Infrastructure Index (up 6.26 percent and 5.23 percent, respectively). In contrast, both the S&P 500 Index and the NASDAQ Composite were down for the quarter, as can be seen in Exhibit 1.
Exhibit 1. Space Foundation Indexes Returns vs. Benchmarks
Key movers in the fourth quarter of 2012: