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Tesla Motors Stock Soars After Analyst Upgrades Price Target

Daniel Miller
February 25, 2014

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJINDICES: ^DJI) was down 13 points at 3 p.m. EST on an up-and-down day left the major indices mixed in late-afternoon trading. Investors are taking note of a decline in the Conference Board's latest reading on consumer confidence, which for February fell to 78.1 from a revised 79.4 in January. Although the overall index declined, two of its internal factors are split.

"This [split] suggests that consumers believe the economy has improved, but they do not foresee it gaining considerable momentum in the months ahead," said Lynn Franco, Conference Board director of economic indicators, according to Morningstar.

Amid the decline in consumer confidence and lack of direction from the market, here are companies making headlines today.

While Boeing (NYSE: BA) led the Dow higher throughout 2013, the stock is dragging the index down so far this year and has dropped another 2% today. The company is having a difficult time finding buyers for 11 of its earliest 787 Dreamliners. The planes, now sitting at Boeing's Everett, Wash., plant are valued at roughly $1.1 billion, according to Bloomberg.

The reason that buyers are hard to find is that the planes are heavier and can't fly as far as newer production versions of the Dreamliner. The company still hopes it can find bargain-hunting airlines that will scoop up the early production planes and help Boeing offset some of their production costs, as well as lower its inventory level.

One reason investors are eying the situation is because in 2009 the company wrote off $2.7 billion worth of research and development expenses due to some of the early planes requiring too much rework. Finding a suitable buyer for some of these remaining planes would remove concerns that the company will have to