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Boeing shares hold buy rating, price target cut on surpassing expectations

EditorNatashya Angelica
Published 04/24/2024, 05:54 PM
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On Wednesday, Stifel, a financial services firm, adjusted its outlook on Boeing shares (NYSE:BA), lowering the stock price target to $240 from $260, while maintaining a Buy rating. The change follows the aerospace giant's first-quarter financial results, which surpassed expectations in terms of adjusted earnings per share (EPS) and free cash flow (FCF). Boeing reported an adjusted EPS of ($1.13) and a FCF of ($3.9 billion), with sales figures also exceeding forecasts.

Despite better-than-expected first-quarter results, Boeing faced significant disruptions in its Commercial Airplanes division. The company's near-term focus is expected to be on several key areas, including the 737 production, which hinges on the Federal Aviation Administration's action plan and Boeing's compliance with it.

Other focal points include the 787 production, the drawdown of aircraft inventory, the ongoing search for a new CEO, and the certification processes for the 737-7/10 and 777X models. Moreover, the potential acquisition of aerospace manufacturer Spirit AeroSystems (NYSE:SPR) is also on Boeing's agenda.

Stifel suggests that Boeing's estimates are nearing a low point, indicating a potential for the company to outperform in terms of FCF in the future. Stil, the firm anticipates that a sustained rally in Boeing's share price is unlikely until the announcement of a new CEO. The current uncertainties surrounding the company, including production issues and executive leadership, have led to a challenging start to 2024 for Boeing's stock.

Despite these challenges, the demand for Boeing's products remains robust. Stifel expresses optimism that as the uncertainties begin to clear, there is a possibility for a meaningful recovery in Boeing's share performance. The firm highlights that today's financial results were better than expected, which could contribute to a rebound once the aforementioned issues are addressed.

InvestingPro Insights

Boeing's recent financial performance may have exceeded expectations, but real-time data from InvestingPro paints a mixed picture for investors. With a market cap of $100.73 billion, the aerospace titan is trading near its 52-week low, reflecting the stock's recent volatility and the challenges it has faced.

A noteworthy point is that the Relative Strength Index (RSI) suggests the stock is in oversold territory, which might appeal to contrarian investors or those looking for a potential turnaround situation.

InvestingPro Tips highlight that Boeing is not expected to be profitable this year and has been trading at a high EBIT valuation multiple, which could be of concern to value-focused investors. Additionally, with 17 analysts revising their earnings downwards for the upcoming period, there's a sentiment of caution regarding Boeing's near-term financial outlook.

On the flip side, Boeing remains a prominent player in the Aerospace & Defense industry, and its strong revenue growth of 16.79% over the last twelve months as of Q1 2023 could signal underlying business strength amidst the turbulence.

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