Boeing's second quarter profits beat expectations Wednesday morning, with earnings per share of $1.06 versus the $1.01 forecast. So is it time to buy?
Cai von Rumohr, managing director and senior aerospace analyst with Cowen & Co., upgraded Boeing to outperform on March 22 at a price of $70.70. He has meanwhile remained neutral on Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, while placing outperform ratings on L3 Communications Holdings and General Dynamics.
"We’ve hiked 2012-13 estimates for BA’s 737 rate of 35 versus expected 34 per month," he says. "Selling for a 14.2x C11 P/E early in an estimated long upcycle, BA offers 25 percent potential upside relative to the market 12 months."
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As such, von Rumohr's "Sweet Spot" Strategy still looks valid, he says.
"BA has outperformed the last four quarters versus and average of 13 quarters in past swings as trailing 12-months orders rose (up in Q1 & Q2)," he says. "While it’s off 2 percent versus S&P 500 so far in Q2, we think it’s unlikely to have broken its upward pattern since it also had 1-2 Q corrections in prior major runs — all good entry points."
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.