The Boeing Company Fourth Quarter Earnings Sneak Peek

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component The Boeing Company (NYSE:BA) will unveil its latest earnings on Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Boeing is an aerospace firm that designs, develops, manufactures, sells, and supports commercial jetliners, military aircraft, satellites, missile defense, and human space flight services.

The Boeing Company Earnings Preview Cheat Sheet.

Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for net income of $1.01 per share, a decline of 4.7% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved down from $1.15. Between one and three months ago, the average estimate moved down. It has been unchanged at $1.01 during the last month. For the year, analysts are projecting profit of $4.49 per share, a rise of 7.9% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company’s quarterly results have come in above estimates for the last three quarters. Last quarter, the company booked net income of $1.46 per share versus a mean estimate of profit of $1.11 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $19.4 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 17.2% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $68.42 billion for the year, a rise of 6.4% from last year’s revenue of $64.31 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 17 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and seven rating it as a hold.

A Look Back: In the third quarter, profit rose 31.2% to $1.1 billion ($1.46 a share) from $837 million ($1.12 a share) the year earlier, exceeding analyst expectations. Revenue rose 4.5% to $17.73 billion from $16.97 billion.

Key Stats:

The company has seen net income rise in three straight quarters. Net income rose 19.6% in the second quarter and 12.9% in the first quarter.

The company’s revenue has risen for two straight quarters. In the second quarter, the figure rose 6.2%.

Competitors to Watch: Lockheed Martin Corp. (NYSE:LMT), Embraer SA (NYSE:ERJ), Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE:NOC), Honeywell Intl. Inc. (NYSE:HON), Spirit AeroSystems Hldgs., Inc. (NYSE:SPR), General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE:GD), Orbital Sciences Corp. (NYSE:ORB), Alliant Techsystems Inc. (NYSE:ATK), and Rockwell Collins, Inc. (NYSE:COL).

Stock Price Performance: During October 21, 2011 to January 19, 2012, the stock price had risen $11.38 (17.7%) from $64.18 to $75.56. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between March 16, 2011 and March 25, 2011 when shares rose for eight-straight days, rising 8.3% (+$5.54) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between July 28, 2011 and August 8, 2011 when shares fell for eight-straight days, falling 16.9% (-$11.80) over that span.

(Company fundamentals by Xignite Financials. Earnings estimates provided by Zacks)

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