That is because a tornado on April 14 in Wichita damaged a plant operated by Spirit AeroSystems (SPR), a Boeing supplier that makes the nose section for the 787 and works on fuselages for other planes. Boeing's assessment of the impact is likely to be a topic on its earnings call Wednesday morning.
In general, analysts aren't overly concerned about a decline in what may be the most closely watched Boeing indicator, the 787 production schedule. Currently, the rate is projected to increase to 3.5 a month by mid-year and to 10 a month by the end of 2013. Additionally, Boeing has its share of good news, including the scheduled Friday rollout the first 787 produced in Charleston, S.C., as well as recent reports that the company has pulled ahead of Airbus in talks with United Continental (UAL), the world's largest airline, in securing an order for close to 200 narrowbody aircraft.
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