Is Boeing Stock A Buy As More 737 Max Orders Come In?

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Despite turbulence implicit the past 2 years Boeing (BA) is seeing 737 Max orders grow. Is Boeing banal a bully bargain now? Investors should look astatine the aerospace giant's fundamentals and the BA banal chart.


Alaska Airlines (ALK) ordered 12 much Boeing 737 Max jets connected Aug. 16. That followed an bid for 23 of the narrow-body jets successful  December.

"These craft are a prudent, semipermanent concern successful our business," said Nat Pieper, Alaska Airlines elder vice president successful complaint of fleet planning.

The aerospace elephantine reported connected Aug. 10 that it delivered 28 jets successful July, including 22 737 Max jets. Gross orders deed 31, but it besides had 17 cancellations.

February was the archetypal period that orders topped cancellations successful much than a twelvemonth and the momentum continued into March, April, May and June. But the institution is inactive coming retired of a heavy hole. Boeing saw 737 Max orders shrink by implicit 1,040 successful 2020 as astir 600 person been removed from the backlog and astir 450 person been canceled by carriers.

Boeing Stock Fundamental Analysis

The Dow Jones elephantine reported net of 40 cents per share up from a nonaccomplishment of $4.79 per stock successful the year-ago quarter, its archetypal nett since 2019. Analysts polled by FactSet saw per-share losses narrowing to 83 cents. Revenue jumped 44% to $17 billion, besides beating expectations.

The commercialized backlog grew to 4,155 airplanes valued astatine $285 billion, up from implicit 4,000 airplanes valued astatine $283 cardinal successful Q1, arsenic much orders rolled in.

United Airlines (UAL) bid 200 737 Max jets successful precocious June. And Southwest Airlines (LUV), the apical 737 customer, announced connected June 8 that it would bargain 34 737 Max jets for transportation successful 2022. The bearer present has 234 737 Max craft connected bid successful full and says it could request up to 500 caller aircraft arsenic it expands U.S. service.

As orders emergence Boeing is outlining plans to increase 737 Max output to arsenic galore arsenic 42 jets a period successful autumn 2022, manufacture sources told Reuters. Boeing has publically said it plans to boost accumulation steadily from its existent little accumulation complaint to deed 31 jets per period successful March 2022.

Boeing's earnings-per-share maturation has averaged 0% implicit the past 3 years, according to IBD Stock Checkup. Revenue has contracted by 20% connected mean implicit the past 3 years.

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Boeing Stock Technical Analysis

BA banal has been connected a chaotic thrust owed to the Boeing 737 Max fallout and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Boeing banal broke retired of a cupful basal with a 244.18 bargain constituent connected March 10, according to MarketSmith illustration analysis, past conscionable 2 days aboriginal climbed supra the bargain zone, which maxes retired astatine 256.39.

But it aboriginal completed a "round trip," erasing those gains, signaling that investors should adjacent retired their positions. It past fell further, hitting the loss-cutting merchantability range.

BA banal is present consolidating into a cupful basal with a 258.50 introduction point, utilizing the June 2 high. Boeing banal could besides beryllium viewed arsenic a treble bottommost basal starting successful March, with the June 2 precocious serving arsenic the mediate of the W.

But for present BA banal is beneath its 50-day and 200-day lines.

Boeing banal is showing anemic CAN SLIM cardinal metrics, including a mediocre 46 Composite Rating retired of a best-possible 99 and a 51 EPS rating.

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Defense, Space Segments

While Boeing's commercialized concern faces immoderate headwinds, its defence concern is starting to spot immoderate affirmative trends acknowledgment to overseas subject sales.

The Australian Navy and Air Force ordered 11 much P-8 maritime surveillance craft connected April 1. The United Arab Emirates volition person Boeing EA-18G Growler physics warfare planes arsenic portion of a major U.S. arms deal aft normalizing ties with Israel past year. Improving ties betwixt Israel and different U.S. allies successful the Mideast could unlock much deals.

The U.S. Air Force awarded Boeing a $2.1 cardinal declaration connected Jan. 20 for 15 much tankers, with the full nether declaration present astatine 94. But the institution recorded a $275 cardinal complaint for the tanker successful Q4 owed to "production inefficiencies including impacts of COVID-19 disruption." Overall charges full much than $5 billion.

Boeing Super Hornet(Boeing)

Boeing besides produces the F/A-18 Super Hornet for the U.S. Navy and overseas militaries. In July 2020 Boeing received the archetypal bid for what could beryllium a $23 cardinal declaration to physique F-15EX fighters for the Air Force.

Meanwhile, the company's abstraction concern suffered a setback Dec. 20, 2019, erstwhile its Starliner capsule failed to scope the due orbit for docking with the International Space Station implicit a bundle contented that could person destroyed the abstraction capsule. Boeing expected to redo the trial formation connected July 30. But the test formation was delayed indefinitely arsenic the institution looks for the origin of a method contented with a valve successful the absorption power system.

The institution is besides facing continued delays with its Space Launch System rocket, a cardinal portion of NASA's ambitious Artemis mission. On Jan. 16, NASA chopped abbreviated a hot-fire trial of the Space Launch System's halfway stage, but successfully retested the strategy connected March 18.

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Boeing Stock Eyes Exit From Survival Mode

To assistance sphere cash, Boeing suspended its dividend connected March 20, 2020, and extended its intermission connected stock buybacks until further notice.

On April 20, CEO Jim Calhoun said the institution doesn't program to bring backmost the Boeing banal dividend successful the adjacent term, adding that currency travel should crook affirmative again successful the near- to medium-term future.

Management has said paying down indebtedness is simply a precedence earlier it tin resume payouts. The aerospace elephantine is besides considering a stock sale to assistance wage down indebtedness accrued by the 737 Max grounding.

Boeing 777 9X(Boeing)

The bid publication is seeing caller beingness again too. Along with Southwest, Ireland's Ryanair (RYAAY), Alaskan Airlines, United Airlines (UAL) and Dubai Aerospace Enterprise person ordered much 737 Max jets. Boeing besides confirmed a woody with concern steadfast 777 Partners, which volition buy 24 737 Max jets with options for different 60 aircraft. On May 25, Boeing announced that SMBC Aviation Capital, different leasing company, ordered 14 737 Max jets.

While orders are picking up, Boeing is inactive dealing with immoderate 737 Max issues. On May 29, Boeing agreed to wage $17 cardinal successful fines arsenic portion of a Federal Aviation Administration colony implicit installing unapproved sensors connected 737 Max and 737 Next Generation aircraft.

Even with caller 737 Max orders rising, Boeing doesn't expect to summation accumulation to 31 per period until the opening of 2022, aboriginal than a anterior estimation of 31 per period successful 2021. The 787 accumulation rate and the 777/777X combined accumulation rates were besides cut.

The 787 accumulation complaint was further chopped aft a caller contented was recovered successful the guardant unit bulkhead astatine the beforehand of the 787, involving the tegument of the aircraft. The Dow Jones aviation elephantine expects to present little than fractional of the Dreamliners successful its inventory this year. That's down from an earlier estimation of astir each its completed planes.

Boeing 737 Max

Problems with the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System automated flight-control bundle contributed to the Ethiopian Air clang successful March 2019 arsenic good arsenic the October 2018 Lion Air crash. Combined, the 2 crashes killed 346 people.

What was expected to beryllium a impermanent blip saw the 737 Max grounded for 20 months. The FAA approved the jet's instrumentality to service connected Nov. 18 2020 and the European Union and Canadian regulators followed successful aboriginal 2021.

Boeing 737 MAX(Boeing)

In December, Brazil's Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes (GOL)  and American Airlines (AAL) resumed 737 Max commercialized flights. On Feb. 11, United resumed 737 Max flights. Meanwhile, Southwest Airlines began rider work connected March 11.

China has been dilatory to recertify the 737 Max. But test flights started successful aboriginal August. India is besides expected to o.k. the jet's instrumentality to work successful the coming weeks.

The grounding, suspension of deliveries, and accumulation halt person been costly. Combined with charges booked past year, 737 Max-related costs present attack $20 billion.

Just arsenic 737 Max flights began taking off, a wiring issue, which was disclosed connected April 7, prompting a intermission successful 737 Max deliveries. Boeing announced May 13 that the Federal Aviation Administration approved its fixes for the wiring contented and sources told Reuters that the aerospace elephantine has resumed deliveries of the pitchy connected May 19.

It besides marked the 2nd clip deliveries were halted and resumed, aft a 2nd fatal clang successful 2019 triggered an earlier pause.

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Boeing 737 Max, 787 Probes

The FAA opened up a probe successful August implicit suspected interference from Boeing with its employees tasked with flagging information issues. The bureau recovered Boeing workers were being pressured not to rise concerns.

Meanwhile, House Democrats are asking for FAA inspection records from Boeing's 737 and 787 Dreamliner accumulation lines arsenic good arsenic audit results and supervision records. The requests travel aft accumulation issues were recovered connected some jets.

On Jan. 7, Boeing agreed to wage implicit $2.5 cardinal to settee Justice Department fraud charges related to its 737 Max. The institution was charged with 1 number of conspiracy to defraud the U.S. related to the plane's certification.

Concluding an 18-month probe successful September 2020, the last House Committee connected Transportation and Infrastructure's 245-page report recovered that "Boeing failed successful its plan and improvement of the MAX, and the FAA failed successful its oversight of Boeing and its certification of the aircraft."

On Dec. 22, Congress passed authorities to stiffen the FAA's craft certification process and forestall the benignant of crashes seen with the 737 Max.

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Is Boeing Stock A Buy?

Boeing 737 Max jets are flying again, but request for widebody planes similar the 787 and the 777X remains weak.

The support of Covid-19 vaccines helped the banal but net volition apt stay nether unit for a portion arsenic the International Air Transport Association, a commercialized group, doesn't spot aerial question rebounding to 2019 levels until 2024.

BA banal is consolidating aft completing a "round trip."

Bottom line: Boeing banal is not yet a buy.

Investors looking for much stocks to buy tin find companies with stronger, much accordant net maturation and amended banal technicals.

Follow Gillian Rich connected Twitter @IBD_GRich for aviation quality and more.


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