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January 29, 2014
11:36 EDTNOC, GD, BA, EADSY, BAESY, ERJ, LMTBoeing tumbles after fiscal 2014 outlook disappoints
Boeing (BA), a leader in aerospace and member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, is one of today's losers after the firm reported better than expected fourth quarter results, but issued guidance for fiscal 2014 that fell significantly short of expectations. WHAT'S NEW: This morning, Boeing reported fourth quarter core EPS of $1.88 and revenue of $23.79B, compared to analysts' consensus estimate of $1.57 and $22.74B, respectively. The company guided FY14 core EPS to 7.00-$7.20, compared to consensus of $7.57. FY14 revenue was forecast at $87.5B-$90.5B, below expectations of $92.72B. The company said it expects to make commercial deliveries of 715 to 725 planes in 2014, which includes approximately 110 deliveries of its 787 models. Total company operating cash flow before pension contributions is expected to be approximately $7B, while operating cash flow is expected to be approximately $6.25B in 2014, Boeing added. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors this morning, Wells Fargo said Boeing's cash flow outlook could pressure shares. The firm viewed Boeing's free cash outlook as disappointing since it implied no major ramp-up in share repurchases. Wells thought this could pressure the stock, but recommended using any weakness as a buying opportunity since the company typically guides conservatively. Wells kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Boeing shares fell about 4.6% to $130.77 on heavy volume. The stock hit a fresh 52-week high of $144.57 earlier this month, and has gained approximately 77% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: Boeing's primary competitor in terms of commercial airplanes is Airbus (EADSY). Other aerospace companies include BAE Systems (BAESY), Embraer (ERJ), Lockheed Martin (LMT), Northrop Grumman (NOC), and General Dynamics (GD).
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October 12, 2014
19:41 EDTBABoeing and Garuda Indonesia announce $4.9B order
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October 10, 2014
18:51 EDTBADOJ orders Boeing to pay $23M to resolve False Claims Act allegations
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11:59 EDTEADSYAirbus says not enough demand to up plane manufacturing, Reuters says
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11:12 EDTEADSYAirbus, CAS sign GTA for 70 A320 aircrafts
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October 9, 2014
17:14 EDTERJEmbraer breaks ground on 500/450 assembly facility
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13:56 EDTBA, LMT, BAESY, GD, NOCObama calls on Congress to lift defense spending cuts, Politico says
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11:27 EDTBAESYBAE Systems to cut 440 management jobs
BAE Systems has announced 440 potential managerial job losses within its Military Air & Information business. This proposal is driven by the organisation’s continuous drive for efficiency. Chris Boardman, Managing Director of BAE Systems MAI, commented: “It is always regrettable when you have to announce potential job losses. However, we believe that by implementing changes to our management structure we will become a more efficient and effective business, and be better placed to meet the needs of current and potential customers in what is an increasingly competitive market." Reference Link
06:22 EDTBA, EADSYCFM launches next phase of testing for LEAP engine
CFM International's LEAP engine took the skies for the first time on October 6 on a modified 747 flying testbed at GE Aviation Flight Test Operations in Victorville, California, launching the next phase of testing for the advanced engine program. The engine behaved well and completed multiple aeromechnical test points at various altitudes during the nearly three-hour first flight. Over the next several weeks, the engine will complete a comprehensive test schedule that will gauge engine operability, stall margin, performance, and acoustics. The LEAP-1A/-1C variants are on track for engine certification in 2015. The total program, which encompasses all three LEAP engine variants, includes 28 ground and CFM flight test engines, along with a total of 32 flight test engines for Airbus (EADSY), Boeing (BA), and COMAC. Although all three LEAP engine variants will fly on the modified testbed, the configuration currently being tested is a fully integrated propulsion system. CFM is a joint venture between GE (GE) and France's Safran. Reference Link
October 8, 2014
14:04 EDTGDGeneral Dynamics subsidiary receives FAA certification of G650ER
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., a subsidiary of General Dynamics, announced that its flagship Gulfstream G650ER has been certified by the FAA. The certification verifies the airworthiness of the aircraft's design and clears the way for G650ER deliveries to begin.
13:35 EDTEADSYAirbus to receive FAA safety approval for A350 by end of October, Reuters says
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08:19 EDTBA, EADSYAerCap reports 134 aircraft transactions completed during Q3
AerCap Holdings (AER) announced the completion of 134 aircraft transactions during Q3. Signed lease agreements for 84 aircraft. Delivered 26 aircraft under contracted lease agreements. Purchased nine new aircraft, including five Boeing (BA) 787-8s, three Boeing 737-800s and one Airbus (EADSY) A321-200. Executed sale and part-out transactions for 15 aircraft, including: one Airbus A300-600F, one Airbus A340-300, eight Boeing B737 classics, one Boeing B767-300ER and two MD-11s from AerCap's owned portfolio. One Boeing 737 classic and one Airbus A320-200 from AerCap's managed portfolio. Signed financing transactions for $1.5B, including the previously announced private offering of $800M. The total financing transactions completed year-to-date amount to $8.9B.
08:07 EDTLMTExelis awarded follow-on contract for Lockheed Martin's JASSM
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07:52 EDTNOCNorthrop Grumman selects ANSYS solutions for Black Hawk cockpit system
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06:44 EDTEADSYAirbus aims to slice Dassault share by nearly 50%, Bloomberg says
Airbus is looking to cut its share of Dassault Aviation by close to 50%, selling stakes to institutional investors and back to Dassault in an agreement worth nearly $2.52B, according to Bloomberg, citing comments from Airbus' head of strategy Marwan Lahoud. Lahoud said that the European carrier is looking into selling options due to the U.S. economy bouncing-back. Reference Link
October 7, 2014
15:13 EDTBAEarnings Preview: Alcoa sees Q3 EPS to 'continue to build on strong Q2'
Alcoa (AA) is scheduled to report third quarter earnings after the close on Wednesday, October 8, with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Alcoa is a global manufacturer of aluminum products. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of 23c on revenue of $5.85B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is 15c-28c on revenue of $5.62B-$6.07B. LAST QUARTER: Alcoa reported second quarter adjusted EPS of 18c against estimates for 12c on revenue of $5.8B against estimates for $5.66B. The company reiterated its 2014 global aluminum demand growth view of 7%, and backed its 2014 global aerospace growth outlook of 8%-9%. It raised its 2014 estimate for the North America commercial transportation market to 10%-14%, from a previous range of 5%-9%. The higher estimate was based in part on rising truck orders and backlogs. CEO Klaus Kleinfeld said the company's transformation was in "high gear." He noted that aerospace business is a tailwind due to strong demand for commercial aircraft, and said the company is well-positioned to capture upside from recent investments. On Alcoa's Q2 earnings conference call, management said during the quarter the company witnessed revenue growth across all major end markets and the businesses continued to deliver productivity gains. They expect Q3 earnings per share to "continue to build on the strong second quarter." ATOI is expected to grow by 5%-10% over last year's third quarter due to continued share gains, stronger market conditions and productivity. Productivity gains are expected to offset cost increases in Q3. For 2014, productivity is ahead of schedule with $556M of productivity gains achieved in first half 2014 against the annual target of $850M. On September 11, Alcoa signed a multi-year supply contract with Boeing (BA) valued at over $1B. STREET RESEARCH: Street research has been overwhelmingly positive in the weeks leading up to Alcoa's Q3 earnings report. On July 9, three firms, Stifel, JP Morgan, and Argus raised their respective price targets on Alcoa. On September 30, BofA/Merrill upgraded Alcoa to Buy from Neutral with a price target of $18. The firm was more positive on the outlook for aluminum and raised Alcoa's 2015 EPS estimate to $1.05 and EBITDA to $4.1B vs. consensus of 85c and $3.8B. BofA said plant closures, better demand, and falling pension costs were catalysts. PRICE ACTION: Alcoa shares have rallied approximately 8% over the past three months, touching a 52-week high of $17.36 in September. Over the past twelve months, the stock is up about 100%. In early afternoon trading ahead of tomorrow's Q3 report, Alcoa shares are down fractionally.
11:01 EDTLMTLockheed Martin signs exclusive agreement with European Aviation
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10:02 EDTBAESYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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08:01 EDTBABoeing says cannot plan for 'armageddon' of Ex-Im bank closure, Bloomberg says
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05:40 EDTBAESYBAE Systems downgraded to Hold from Buy at Cantor
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05:29 EDTBABoeing forecasts world air cargo traffic to double in next 20 years
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