Will Boeing (BA) Stock be Helped by $4.3 Billion Air China Order?

NEW YORK (TheStreet) --Boeing (BA) has won a $4.3 billion order from an affiliate of Air China, Bloomberg reports.

Shenzhen Airlines has signed a purchase agreement for 46 737 models, Air China said in a filing with the Shanghai stock exchange on Wednesday.

Jets in the 737 family usually go for between $78.3 million and $113.3 million, Bloomberg added.

The planes will be delivered to the airline over the course of five years beginning in 2016.

Boeing is a Chicago, IL.-based aerospace company that operates in five segments. The company produces aircrafts for commercial and military use and also operates in the defense sector.

Shares of Boeing are up slightly by 0.11% to $143.41 at the start of trading on Wednesday morning. 

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 some important positives, 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, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and increase in stock price during the past year. 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.
  • 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 ($8.54 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.
  • Compared to where it was 12 months ago, the stock is up, but it has so far lagged the appreciation in the S&P 500. 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.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: BA Ratings Report

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