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UPDATE 3-Boeing shares soar after 2nd-qtr profit, cash top estimates

(Recasts with share move in lead, adds detail)

NEW YORK, July 26 (Reuters) - Boeing Co shares soared nearly 8 percent to a record high after the world's biggest plane maker posted second-quarter profit and cash results that beat estimates, and lifted its full-year forecasts.

Boeing has cut spending aggressively by streamlining production, reducing payrolls and winding down development costs. Its 787 Dreamliner contributed about $530 million in cash in the quarter.

Boeing shares jumped 7.9 percent to $229.22 in early trading. The stock has soared 37 percent this year.

Boeing's cash from operations, at nearly $5 billion in the quarter, was roughly double estimates of about $2.5 billion.

"Monster cash flow," said analyst Robert Stallard at Vertical Research. The results were "about as close to perfect as it gets from Boeing," he added.

Military aircraft sales fell 4 percent to $6.8 billion, but profit jumped 50 percent and margins widened 4.6 percentage points, another sign of cost-cutting.

Boeing now needs to keep speeding up production of 737s, stay on schedule with 787-9 and 787-10 production and the transition to the 777X, a replacement for its 777 jetliner, said Ken Herbert, an analyst at Canaccord Genuity.

The extra cash allowed Boeing to add $1.5 billion to its 2017 operating cash flow forecast, now about $12.25 billion. Boeing will increase share buybacks this year by $3.5 billion, to about $10 billion. And it will make $3.5 billion in additional pension contributions this year to reduce future costs.

Boeing said it will cut full-year capital expenditure by $300 million, but that was expected since the company has made most of the big investments in its 777X wing factory and the 737 MAX and 787-10 programs, said analyst Richard Aboulafia at Teal Group.

The company lifted its full-year forecast for core earnings, which exclude some pension costs, by 75 cents to between $11.10 and $11.30 a share, its second upward revision this year.

Boeing swung to a profit of $1.76 billion, or $2.89 per share, in the second quarter, from a loss of $234 million, or 37 cents per share, a year earlier that reflected charges related to the 787, 747 and KC-46 tanker aircraft programs.

Core earnings, which excluded some pension and other costs, were $2.55 per share in the quarter.

Revenue fell 8.1 percent to $22.74 billion.

Analysts expected core earnings of $2.30 per share on revenue of $23 billion, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. (Reporting by Alwyn Scott in New York and Ankit Ajmera in Bengaluru; Editing by Saumyadeb Chakrabarty and Jeffrey Benkoe)