Will This Ratings Reiteration Help Boeing (BA) Stock Today?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Sterne Agee reiterated its "buy" rating of Boeing Co. (BA) earlier on Tuesday.

The firm also reaffirmed its $164 price target for the the commercial aerospace manufacturing company, 30.13% above the stock's report-date price of $126.03.

Sterne Agee said it retained its optimistic stance of Boeing because aircraft delivery estimations of 64 for October are high.

"[Boeing]'s production system continues to execute well at the current high pace planned for 2014," said aerospace & defense analysts at Sterne Agee.  "We are estimating 197 deliveries in 4Q14, which would track to the high end of 2014 delivery guidance."

Shares of Boeing are down 0.10% to $125.90 in afternoon trading on Tuesday.

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

"We rate BOEING CO (BA) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. We feel these 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 0.9%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.5%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • BOEING CO has improved earnings per share by 23.2% 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 $5.97 versus $5.12 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($8.35 versus $5.97).
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and the Aerospace & Defense industry average. The net income increased by 17.6% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $1,158.00 million to $1,362.00 million.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. When compared to other companies in the Aerospace & Defense industry and the overall market, BOEING CO's return on equity exceeds that of the industry average and significantly exceeds that of the S&P 500.
  • In its most recent trading session, BA has closed at a price level that was not very different from its closing price of one year earlier. This is probably due to its weak earnings growth as well as other mixed factors. Turning toward the future, the fact that the stock has come down in price over the past year should not necessarily be interpreted as a negative; it is one of the factors that makes this stock an attractive investment.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: BA Ratings Report
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