Boeing Co (BA) - Get Report will offer a "lower cost, resilient" solution as it competes with defending winner Lockheed Martin Corp (LMT) - Get Report for an Air Force contract for as many as 22 new Global Positioning System III satellites, Bloomberg reported.
The Air Force is holding an "industry day" July 20 to solicit information from the two companies about their final proposals. The winner will get a multi-billion-dollar contract to finish out the second phase of a GPS project started in 2008.
Lockheed won the 2008 contract and built 10 of the planned 32 satellites. But cost, schedule and performance problems with the first satellite caused the Air Force to reopen the competition. The winner of the second phase of the contract will start building in 2018.
Boeing stock was slightly down on Thursday morning, and Lockheed stock traded slightly up.
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"At some point it has to fall to gravity," he said told TheStreet's Scott Gamm in an interview. "It's been trading on a different planet for years and now it has to trade on Earth." Amen.
Relax Apple stock bulls: For now, reports suggest a moderate delay in the Apple (AAPL) - Get Report iPhone 8 ramp, rather than something more severe points out TheStreet's Eric Jhonsa. So far, the market has shrugged off concerns on a possible delayed iPhone 8 release (as in it misses the holiday launch window). But it's worthwhile to keep something in mind: Apple shares have lagged the S&P 500 over the past month, so some doubt may be trickling into the bull camp.
This beverage executive just went off the rails: Hat tip to TheStreet's Lindsay Rittenhouse for an insightful interview with SodaStream's (SODA) - Get Report CEO Daniel Birnbaum, who pulled no punches in his views on PepsiCo (PEP) - Get Report and Coca-Cola (KO) - Get Report .
Said Birnbaum on why his company's stock has surged this year:
The company is addressing mega trends - health and wellness, convenience, consumer choice and good, important values. We have the right product at the right time. Our competition is prehistoric and that might explain the success we've seen around the world, particularly in Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Germany, Norway, all over the world. This is not a local phenomenon. This is a global mega trend. We're looking to embrace a sustainable world for our children to live in.
Birnbaum didn't shut the door on making acquisitions, either.
The discount retailer, which has sought to slash prices this year to better compete with rivals Walmart (WMT) - Get Report and Amazon (AMZN) - Get Report , said Thursday its second quarter results would come in above the high-end of its estimates for 95 cents a share to $1.15 a share. Target credited improved traffic and sales trends through the first two months of the second quarter.
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