3 Reasons to Sell Boeing

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Brendan Byrnes discusses topics around the investing world.

As part of our series "3 Reasons to Buy/Sell," Brendan discusses the bear case for Boeing. While we don't offer an explicit buy or sell recommendation, we do believe that investors should look at both sides of the coin before taking action on a stock. With that said, Boeing could struggle in the future given the state of the economy, since its commercial airline customers are highly sensitive to the macroeconomic events. If Europe drags the global economy down, it would certainly hurt Boeing's order book. Boeing also has considerable, though declining, exposure to the defense industry. Last year, 38% of its revenues came from the U.S. government alone, but potential investors need to consider the threat of a $500 billion slash to the defense budget over the next 10 years.

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Brendan Byrnes owns shares of United Technologies. The Motley Fool owns shares of Lockheed Martin. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.


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  • Report this Comment On May 18, 2012, at 10:18 PM, ihatejunk wrote:

    Another Boeing slam article from fool.com, who woulda guessed it? Sell Boeing blah blah blah.

  • Report this Comment On May 20, 2012, at 9:50 AM, buffalonate wrote:

    As the House of Representatives proved this week, significantly cutting military spending will never happen.

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