Tesla Motors Jumps in Brand Survey, and Does Boeing Have Another 787 Headache?

In a fiercely competitive automotive industry, branding and customer loyalty is of great importance. The good news for Tesla investors is that its brand jumped in a recent survey.

Feb 7, 2014 at 3:00PM

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES:^DJI) was up 139 points, or 0.89%, in midafternoon trading despite a less than thrilling jobs report. The U.S. added 113,000 jobs in January, which was well below the nearly 190,000 that economists expected. In other disappointing economic news, forecasting firm Macroeconomic Advisers said it expects GDP to expand at a 1.9% annualized pace in the first quarter, lower than the 3.2% growth witnessed in the fourth quarter. With those trends in mind, here are some companies making headlines as the markets wrap up the first full week in February.

Shares of Boeing (NYSE:BA) have been flying high over the past year, until recently.

BA Chart

BA data by YCharts.

Bloomberg reported that Boeing is poised to win an order from SpiceJet that could be announced as soon as next week during the Singapore Airshow. The order from SpiceJet would consist of 38 737 Max jets valued at roughly $3.9 billion. In addition to the purchase value, this is good news for investors as SpiceJet was previously considering switching to Airbus, Boeing's major rival. There are also reports of interest in Boeing's next-generation 777X from British Airways and Ethiopian Airlines.

In other Boeing news, it appears the company's troublesome 787 Dreamliner has had another mishap. In 2013, the 787 Dreamliner global fleet was grounded for three months after batteries melted on two airplanes. Recently in Japan, another battery cell was found smoking during preflight maintenance. Investors would like to avoid any other mishaps that could deter customers from purchasing the advanced 787. Fortunately, the situation this week in which Air India diverted a 787 as a precaution after a software fault developed on the plane in midflight, seems to be a minor issue.

"We have already raised this issue with Boeing, and they are taking the measures needed to ensure that the problem is solved and it does not happen in the future," Praveen Bhatnagar, an Air India spokesman, said Thursday, according to The New York Times. "Since it is a new machine for them as well, it takes time to adjust to new issues."

Outside of the Dow, Tesla Motors (NASDAQ:TSLA) has been making a good impression on critics. Tesla broke into the top five brands in a survey by Consumer Reports, just the most recent in a long list of accolades for the relatively new electric vehicle manufacturer. Tesla's move to fifth place was a large jump from its 11th position last year. Toyota kept its No. 1 position in the survey, followed by Ford, Honda, and Chevrolet.

"Consumers are influenced by word of mouth, marketing and hands-on experience," Bloomberg quoted Jeff Bartlett, Consumer Reports deputy automotive editor, as saying in a prepared statement. "Perception can be a trailing indicator, reflecting years of good or bad performance in a category, and it can also be influenced by headlines in the media."

Dividend stocks like Boeing can make you rich
One of the dirty secrets that few finance professionals will openly admit is the fact that dividend stocks as a group handily outperform their non-dividend paying brethren. The reasons for this are too numerous to list here, but you can rest assured that it's true. However, knowing this is only half the battle. The other half is identifying which dividend stocks in particular are the best. With this in mind, our top analysts put together a free list of nine high-yielding stocks that should be in every income investor's portfolio. To learn the identity of these stocks instantly and for free, all you have to do is click here now.

Daniel Miller has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Tesla Motors. The Motley Fool owns shares of Tesla Motors. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not 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.

4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

Click here to learn about this incredible technology before Buffett stops being scared and starts buying!

David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.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.

©1995-2014 The Motley Fool. All rights reserved. | Privacy/Legal Information