| General Dynamics is an aerospace and defense company. Co.'s operating segments are: Aerospace, in which its Gulfstream designs, develops and manufactures aircraft and its Jet Aviation provides aircraft services; Marine Systems, which designs and builds nuclear-powered submarines, surface combatant and auxiliary ship design and construction; Combat Systems, which manufactures and integrates land combat solutions, including wheeled and tracked combat vehicles, weapons systems and munitions; and Technologies, which includes Information Technology that provides cloud strategy and services and cybersecurity, and Mission Systems that develops and manufactures global positioning systems. We show 42 historical shares outstanding datapoints in our GD shares outstanding history coverage, used to compute GD market cap on those dates.|
Understanding the changing numbers of shares outstanding, the changing
share price, and the resulting changing GD market cap history over the course of time is important for investors
interested in comparing GD's market cap history versus its peers.
Many "beginner" or "novice" investors will look at one stock trading at a price of $10 per share and another trading at
a price of $20 per share and think the latter company is worth twice as much. Of course, that is a completely meaningless comparison without also knowing how many shares outstanding there are for each of the two companies,
and then calculating their respective market caps. Comparing the share price of GD versus a peer is one thing; comparing
GD market cap versus a peer is a completely different story.
Furthermore, via fluctuation both in per-share price and in the number of shares outstanding (via issuance of new shares over time, the repurchase of existing shares),
the market cap for a company like GD can fluctuate over the course of history.
With this page we aim to empower investors researching GD by allowing them to research the GD market cap history.