NEW YORK (TheStreet) --JPMorgan initiated coverage on Boeing (BA) - Get Report stock with an "overweight" rating and a $175 price target.

The firm said it began coverage on the aerospace company as it believes Boeing will be able to grow free cash flow by 40% by 2017.

Shares of Boeing are up by 0.05% to $146.70 at the start of trading on Tuesday morning.

JPMorgan commented on the aerospace and defense sector in an analyst note this morning.

"Several aerospace and defense stocks have outperformed this bull market - often for different reasons - and valuations aren't cheap. They are not especially expensive either, however, and we still see opportunities for double digit upside over the next 18 months," the firm said.

"We expect the commercial aero up-cycle to continue - while acknowledging the risks - providing a foundation for growth in this market," JPMorgan continued.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates BOEING CO as a Buy with a ratings score of B. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate BOEING CO (BA) a BUY. This is driven by multiple strengths, which we believe should have a greater impact than any weaknesses, and should give investors a better performance opportunity than most stocks we cover. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, notable return on equity, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

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

  • BA's revenue growth has slightly outpaced the industry average of 3.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 8.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Looking ahead, unless broad bear market conditions prevail, we still see more upside potential for this stock, despite the fact that it has already risen over the past year.
  • BOEING CO has improved earnings per share by 46.1% 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, BOEING CO increased its bottom line by earning $7.40 versus $5.97 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($8.55 versus $7.40).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has significantly exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Aerospace & Defense industry. The net income increased by 38.4% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, rising from $965.00 million to $1,336.00 million.
  • 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, BOEING CO'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: BA Ratings Report