News coverage about Boeing (NYSE:BA) has been trending somewhat negative recently, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by reviewing more than six thousand blog and news sources. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to positive five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Boeing earned a news sentiment score of -1.82 on their scale. InfoTrie also assigned news coverage about the aircraft producer an news buzz score of 1 out of 10, indicating that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the immediate future.
Here are some of the media headlines that may have effected Boeing’s ranking:
- Air Italy Dumps Boeing 787 Plans In Favour Of Airbus A330 – Simple Flying (simpleflying.com)
- What Happens When Your Business Relies on the Boeing 737 MAX? Just Ask Norwegian Air – Yahoo Finance (finance.yahoo.com)
- Why Qantas Never Ordered The Boeing 777 – Simple Flying (simpleflying.com)
- Boeing Crash Fight Will Set Price on Victims’ Minutes of Terror – Bloomberg (bloomberg.com)
- The Boeing Company (BA) Shareholder Investigation: Lawsuit Filed – Yahoo Finance (finance.yahoo.com)
BA stock traded up $0.54 during mid-day trading on Friday, reaching $354.67. The company had a trading volume of 4,571,737 shares, compared to its average volume of 5,054,038. The company has a quick ratio of 0.29, a current ratio of 1.07 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 48.98. The company has a market cap of $199.55 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 22.15, a P/E/G ratio of 2.18 and a beta of 1.30. Boeing has a 52 week low of $292.47 and a 52 week high of $446.01.
The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, June 7th. Investors of record on Friday, May 10th will be issued a dividend of $2.055 per share. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, May 9th. This represents a $8.22 annualized dividend and a yield of 2.32%. Boeing’s payout ratio is currently 51.34%.
Several equities analysts have recently issued reports on the company. JPMorgan Chase & Co. reaffirmed a “buy” rating and set a price target on shares of Boeing in a research note on Wednesday, January 30th. Credit Suisse Group reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $440.00 price target (up previously from $434.00) on shares of Boeing in a research note on Thursday, January 31st. Robert W. Baird reaffirmed an “outperform” rating and set a $470.00 price target on shares of Boeing in a research note on Thursday, January 31st. Canaccord Genuity reissued a “hold” rating and issued a $380.00 target price (up previously from $360.00) on shares of Boeing in a research note on Thursday, January 31st. Finally, Jefferies Financial Group increased their target price on Boeing to $448.00 and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Monday, February 4th. Three investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating and fifteen have given a buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $410.82.
In other Boeing news, EVP J Michael Luttig sold 8,500 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Tuesday, February 12th. The stock was sold at an average price of $410.46, for a total transaction of $3,488,910.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. Also, SVP Theodore Colbert III sold 2,137 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction on Monday, February 11th. The stock was sold at an average price of $408.85, for a total value of $873,712.45. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last three months, insiders have sold 13,553 shares of company stock valued at $5,560,632. 0.23% of the stock is currently owned by insiders.
The Boeing Company, together with its subsidiaries, designs, develops, manufactures, sales, services, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, human space flight and launch systems, and services worldwide. The company operates in four segments: Commercial Airplanes; Defense, Space & Security; Global Services; and Boeing Capital.
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