Between 2010 and the beginning of 2013 the share price of Boeing remained stuck in a narrow price range. Then, as the trailing 12-month (TTM) Ebitda earnings skyrocketed and stayed airborne, the stock price moved from below $80 to as high as $144.57.
Since the beginning of 2014 Boeing's share price shifted to a lower "altitude," with the stock down over 5% for the year to date through Thursday's close of $129.58.
At that price the $2.92 annual dividend provides a yield of 2.25%. The one-year estimated price target for Boeing shares (according to Yahoo! Finance) is a updraft to $153 a share, representing a potential gain from Thursday's level of nearly 19%. Add on the dividend and your total return may be north of 21%.
That kind of soaring total return potential isn't easy to find in today's stock market.
When you take into account this best-in-breed company's track record, financial strength and backlog of orders, it looks like one of the safe bets for investors who see the big picture.
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