No matter what's going on in the market, and no matter a specific company's history, there are always reasons to consider buying shares in a business. After all, some of the best opportunities in stocks are born from historically bloody times.
Motley Fool CAPS hosts a boatload of opinions from more than 125,000 members on nearly 5,400 stocks, giving good reasons to own -- or sell -- a stock.
In the case of aircraft manufacturer Boeing (NYSE: BA ) , a total of 3,610 members have given a bullish or bearish opinion on the company. Scouring the detailed information packed in pitches and other comments on Boeing, here are three of the top reasons to buy Boeing today:
Diverse revenue sources: Boeing brings in revenue from a wide range of customers. It supplies commercial airliners to carriers like American Airlines (NYSE: AMR ) and Continental (NYSE: CAL ) and transport planes to shipping companies like FedEx (NYSE: FDX ) , the U.S. military, and numerous other international customers. Orders for Boeing planes have continued to roll in from a variety of sources, which also creates business for other companies like titanium supplier Titanium Metals (NYSE: TIE ) and engine builder General Electric (NYSE: GE ) .
Big backlog: It hasn't been all peaches and cream, though -- discord with union workers and production delays helped lead Boeing to slash 10,000 jobs. But Boeing’s backlog still grew 8% in 2008 to a record $352 billion and sits at 3,700 planes. Despite some cancelled orders, demand continues to come in for aircraft from other sources to pick up the slack.
Dividend: While dividend cuts coming from companies like Pfizer (NYSE: PFE ) are at the fastest pace in 50 years, Boeing recently hiked its dividend by 5% to $0.42 a share in December. With a healthy yield of 3.9%, many investors see Boeing as the kind of cash-rich company that can double its returns over the long haul.
Of course, there's a lot more devil in the details of these buy-side opinions, which is why CAPS is such a great resource to check and balance your own analysis. You can read the bullish and bearish sides to every stock. To see what the very best CAPS members are saying now about Boeing, just click on over to Motley Fool CAPS and have a look -- it's all free, and your opinion's welcome, too.