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  • Today, 8:29 AM
    • U.S. President-elect Donald Trump told NBC that companies should welcome his actions because they will prosper under his administration, one day after criticizing one of Boeing's (NYSE:BA) high-profile projects.
    • Trump said he spoke with CEO Dennis Muilenburg on Tuesday about the cost of its work regarding new presidential planes, and "we're going to work it out. That's what I'm here for. I'm going to negotiate prices."
    • On the markets: "I don't know... how people are unnerved. It's just the opposite. Frankly, I think we're going to go up."
    | Today, 8:29 AM | 1 Comment
  • Yesterday, 7:30 PM
    • Boeing (NYSE:BA) shares closed slightly in the green, erasing the earlier damage done by Pres.-elect Trump’s threat to cancel the contract to build new Air Force One planes (I, II), as comments by the company and others questioned Trump's numbers.
    • Boeing does not have an actual order to build the plane: It says it has a $170M contract to begin development work to add communications and anti-missile equipment and mid-air refueling capabilities on replacement planes that likely will not go into service until 2023.
    • The Defense Department is budgeting $3.2B for R&D, construction and acquisition of new 747-8 planes through 2021, says Bloomberg analyst Kevin Brancato; after the initial expenses, the new jets would cost taxpayers ~$225M each, largely to tailor the planes specifically for the needs of the president.
    • Speculation says Trump’s ire may have been caused by comments from Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg that could be interpreted as veiled criticism of his trade policies; the CEO is concerned that the Pres.-elect is eager for a confrontation with China.
    • Bloomberg's Paula Dwyer worries that if China pushes back on Trump's recent provocations, Boeing could well lose a huge chunk of business, along with many U.S. jobs, as the company has delivered nearly 1,000 aircraft worth $60B to China since 2000.
    | Yesterday, 7:30 PM | 26 Comments
  • Yesterday, 4:58 PM
    • Boeing (NYSE:BA) agrees to acquire Liquid Robotics, a market leader in autonomous maritime systems and developer of the Wave Glider ocean surface robot, in a bid to expand its capabilities in unmanned underwater vehicles.
    • Wave Glider is the first wave and solar-powered autonomous ocean robot, and is used for ocean data collection and communications; in 2014, Boeing and Liquid Robotics collaborated on a version of the Wave Glider to enhance its capabilities.
    • Financial terms are not provided for the deal, the second acquisition of an unmanned undersea vehicle maker this year by a major defense firm after rival General Dynamics bought submarine robot maker Bluefin Robotics in February.
    | Yesterday, 4:58 PM
  • Yesterday, 11:03 AM
    • Boeing (BA -0.7%) has no immediate comment on Donald Trump's criticism of the Air Force One program, which he said would cost more than $4B.
    • "Well the plane is totally out of control," he announced in the Trump Tower lobby. "I think it's ridiculous, I think Boeing is doing a little bit of a number. We want Boeing to make a lot of money, but not that much money."
    • While it has begun development work on the new jets, the U.S. planemaker still hasn't secured formal deals to build the two heavily modified 747-8s.
    | Yesterday, 11:03 AM | 51 Comments
  • Yesterday, 9:02 AM
    • "Boeing is building a brand new 747 Air Force One for future presidents, but costs are out of control, more than $4 billion. Cancel order!" the President-elect wrote on Twitter.
    • BA -1.1% premarket
    | Yesterday, 9:02 AM | 158 Comments
  • Yesterday, 6:53 AM
    • Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY) is still trailing Boeing (NYSE:BA) in aircraft stats this year despite stepping up the pace in November on two models that have been hit by delays.
    • In the first 11 months of 2016, Airbus recorded a total of 410 net orders compared to Boeing's 466, and delivered 577 planes.
    • The U.S. planemaker's delivery data for November is not yet available, but it ended October with a lead of about 100 aircraft over its European rival.
    | Yesterday, 6:53 AM
  • Mon, Dec. 5, 8:04 AM
    • The U.S. Navy plans to divest its older model Boeing (NYSE:BA) F/A-18 Hornets in the coming years and hopes to buy dozens of F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to deal with a shortfall of strike fighters aboard its carriers.
    • The plan, which is still being finalized, could be implemented as early as part of the fiscal 2018 budget, a Navy official told Reuters.
    | Mon, Dec. 5, 8:04 AM
  • Fri, Dec. 2, 12:03 PM
    • An all-star team of business leaders has been named to an advisory board that will talk to Donald Trump during his administration.
    • The President's Strategic and Policy Forum will be chaired by Blackstone (NYSE:BX) CEO Stephen Schwarzman. Other members include General Motors (NYSE:GM) CEO Mary Barra, JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) CEO Jamie Dimon, Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT) CEO Doug McMillon, Disney (NYSE:DIS) CEO Bob Iger and former Boeing (NYSE:BA) CEO Jim McNerney.
    • The impressive list is a bit short of Silicon Valley leaders, while hedge fund managers are completely MIA.
    • The group is scheduled to meet for the first time in early February.
    | Fri, Dec. 2, 12:03 PM | 63 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 30, 3:40 PM
    • United Continental (UAL -0.4%) is considering whether to alter a $12.4B order for Airbus' (OTCPK:EADSF, OTCPK:EADSY) largest twin-engine jets, and is studying a swap of Boeing’s (BA -0.4%) smallest 737 for a longer version still on the drawing board, CFO Andrew Levy tells Bloomberg.
    • UAL may convert some of the Airbus A350-1000s to smaller long-haul models, and is considering the Max 10X, a stretch of Boeing’s largest 737, to replace some of the single-aisle jet orders it recently deferred as part of a cost-savings push.
    • Levy also says UAL is rethinking its share buybacks after announcing a $2B repurchase plan this summer that followed a $3B effort last year, explaining that the pace may need to slow because of increases in labor expenses from several new union contracts as well as rising fuel costs.
    | Wed, Nov. 30, 3:40 PM | 8 Comments
  • Wed, Nov. 30, 4:53 AM
    • France says the U.S. must comply with the WTO ruling against Washington state's tax break for the Boeing (NYSE:BA) 777X jetliner, which it called a prohibited subsidy.
    • "If not, the European Union will have the legal grounds to adopt retaliatory measures concerning goods coming in from the United States."
    | Wed, Nov. 30, 4:53 AM | 3 Comments
  • Tue, Nov. 29, 2:57 PM
    • Boeing (BA +1.1%) could raise its dividend by 10%-15% after its upcoming Dec. 12 board meeting, which would lift BA’s projected yield to 3.2%-3.3% from the current 2.9%, Wells Fargo analysts predict.
    • In recent years, Boeing also has replaced and expanded its share repurchase authorization at the time of its December board meeting, and the firm believes the two moves this year would be positive.
    • Still, Wells is not particularly bullish on the shares, rating BA as Neutral with a $155-$160 valuation, given the slowing pace of orders and general macroeconomic concerns.
    | Tue, Nov. 29, 2:57 PM | 6 Comments
  • Mon, Nov. 28, 4:48 PM
    • Boeing (NYSE:BA) looks on the bright side following the WTO's ruling against a Washington state tax break for its 777X jetliner, claiming the decision was "a victory for the United States, Washington state and Boeing" since the WTO rejected all but one of the European Union's challenges to the tax incentives.
    • "In total, the EU claimed that Boeing had received $8.7B in subsidies. This claim was rejected by the WTO, which found future incentives totaling no more than $50M/year to be impermissible," Boeing said in a statement.
    • Boeing says it expects the ruling will be overturned on any appeal, claiming to have the upper hand in the latest round of a long trade dispute placing it at odds with rival Airbus (OTCPK:EADSF, OTCPK:EADSY).
    | Mon, Nov. 28, 4:48 PM
  • Mon, Nov. 28, 2:40 PM
    • Kuwait plans to buy 28 Boeing (BA -0.2%) F-18 Super Hornets, and plans to return a number of outdated F-18s in its inventory as part of the purchase deal, a military official says.
    • The U.S. State Department notified Congress 10 days ago of the possible sale of 40 of the warplanes.
    • The fighter aircraft are increasingly important to Kuwait amid rising regional tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran.
    | Mon, Nov. 28, 2:40 PM | 7 Comments
  • Mon, Nov. 28, 10:39 AM
    • Airbus (OTCPK:EADSY -0.5%) is calling for a global agreement to set rules for the aerospace industry after the WTO partially ruled in Europe's favor in the latest round of a marathon subsidy dispute with Boeing (BA -0.7%).
    • "I continue to think that the only way out of the ridiculous series of disputes initiated by the U.S. is to agree on a set of globally applicable rules for the support of the civil aircraft industry, which would benefit both sides of the Atlantic," Airbus CEO Tom Enders said in a statement.
    • "The duopoly is no longer the framework of reference in the future," he said, noting recent support by the Quebec government for Canada's Bombardier ((OTCQX:BDRAF +0.1%), (OTC:BRDBF)).
    | Mon, Nov. 28, 10:39 AM | 5 Comments
  • Mon, Nov. 28, 10:21 AM
    • The prohibited subsidy came in the form of a renewed cut in Washington state's main business tax for aerospace agreed in 2013, when Boeing (NYSE:BA) was considering where to base assembly for the long-haul jet. However, the WTO rejected a complaint by the EU against six further tax measures.
    • While the trade organization didn't give a value for the banned aid, the EU estimated it at $5.7B out of an $8.7B package.
    • The ruling, which can be appealed by either side, comes as the U.S. ponders potential sanctions against the EU over earlier WTO rulings against Airbus.
    • Previously: Boeing may get hit with WTO sanctions (Nov. 28 2016)
    | Mon, Nov. 28, 10:21 AM | 2 Comments
  • Mon, Nov. 28, 7:20 AM
    • Norway plans to order five Boeing (NYSE:BA) P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes to maintain its surveillance capacity and meet future security challenges, the NATO country's Defense Ministry said.
    • The 9.83B Norwegian crowns ($1.15B) purchase will likely face only minor political opposition following an agreement in Norway's parliament to boost long-term military spending,
    | Mon, Nov. 28, 7:20 AM | 7 Comments