Boeing Drops as Barclays Warns of Underappreciated 737 Max Risk
(Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co. shares fell on Tuesday after Barclays Capital downgraded the stock, writing that Wall Street was still underestimating the fallout that would occur as a result of the deadly 737 Max crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia.
“We expect the recovery of 737 Max production to take longer than expected,” and fliers’ desire to avoid the aircraft is “likely worse than anticipated,” analyst David Strauss wrote, lowering his investment rating to equal weight from overweight. The price target fell to $367 from $417.
Shares of the largest stock in the Dow Jones Industrial Average (which is weighted by share price) fell as much as 3 percent, extending a recent downtrend. The stock has dropped in seven of the past eight trading days, and it is down almost 18 percent from a record close in early March.
While the consensus view is that fliers have “minimal apprehension” about the aircraft, Barclays wrote, “we’ve thought there’s risk that it could be worse this time than following past incidents given social media and fliers’ ability to know the aircraft type in advance of booking.” Citing a survey of fliers, the firm wrote that “nearly half won’t fly MAX for year or more.”
The downgrade brings the number of buy ratings on Boeing to 18, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. There are nine hold ratings and two firms that recommend selling the stock. The average price target is $429, which represents upside of almost 19 percent from current levels.
Also on Tuesday, Goldman Sachs lowered its price target on Kaiser Aluminum, writing that exposure to lower production of Boeing’s 737 Max aircraft “adds risk” to that company’s outlook.
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