The year is nearing its end, and now is a good time to look at what happened throughout 2012 to the stocks you follow. If you know the important things that a company achieved, as well as any challenges it failed to overcome, then you can make a better decision about whether it really deserves a spot in your portfolio.

Today, I'll look at Boeing . As a member of the Dow Jones Industrials , the company is one of the two major commercial aerospace giants in the world, doing battle with Europe's Airbus for supremacy of the skies. Its innovative new designs have drawn a lot of demand, even as the company has struggled with production and execution problems. Below, you'll find more on what moved shares of Boeing in 2012.

Stats on Boeing

Year-to-Date Stock Return

5.5%

Market Cap

$57.2 billion

Total Revenue, Trailing 12 Months

$79 billion

Net Income, Trailing 12 Months

$4.32 billion

1-Year Revenue Growth

20.1%

1-Year Earnings Growth

13.9%

Dividend Yield

2.4%

CAPS Rating

****


Source: S&P Capital IQ.

What helped Boeing gain altitude this year?
2012 was a banner year for Boeing in terms of orders. The aircraft maker has taken new orders for 1,156 jets for the year as of Dec. 4, with only 104 cancellations leaving it with 1,052 net orders. That's well ahead of Airbus' 585, making 2012 likely to be the first year since 2006 that Boeing beats out its rival in order count. Boeing has also delivered 537 aircraft in 2012.

But the long-term opportunity for Boeing is even stronger. A backlog of 800 undelivered 787 Dreamliner planes and close to 3,000 737s marks a truly amazing pool of potential revenue for the company, and Boeing projected this year that the aircraft market should see $4.5 trillion in passenger-jet orders between now and 2032. And despite the rise of regional-jet producers Embraer and Bombardier, Boeing has still held onto its leadership role in large jets.

Still, Boeing hasn't had everything go off without a hitch. The Dreamliner has had major technical issues that have led to highly public problems recently, one of which caused an emergency landing of a United Continental plane. With the FAA now requiring additional inspections, the attendant delays will be just one more issue for Boeing to deal with.

The company has also had to deal with labor problems. With its engineers' union working on an expired contract that dates back to a time when negotiations put the future of the Dreamliner into jeopardy, talks this time around have been slow and thus far unproductive. A potential strike could be catastrophic not just for Boeing, but also for suppliers General Electric , Honeywell , and hosts of others, making federal mediation incredibly important.

Boeing's 2012 has been reasonably strong. Its future will depend on its resolving its long-held problems and executing better.

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thomas85225

Are you nut !
Have you seen the stock price of the airlines and Boeing Suppliers?
See Manufacturing and suppliers for 787 at

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_787_Dreamliner

Boeing stock price is $70.00 and in 2005 it was 105.00
The Space Shuttle Program has been cancel and the work force is being off laid
Boeing in California is laying off 19,000 workers
Military budget cut will take effect on 1-3-2013

http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-boeing-cuts-20121109,0,1833757.story

What will the stock price of Boeing in the first quarter of 2013?
Spirit announced a total of $590 million in third-quarter Charges OFF for its work on the 787 as well as Gulfstream's G650 and G280 aircraft.
The Wichita, Kan.-based company faced the task of expanding its manufacturing sites and managing multiple development programs that were experiencing significant delays. That proved “very complex,” Jeff Turner, Spirit's CEO, said in a statement. Boeing sold the Kansas to Oxen in 2005 that build the 737 fuselages, 787 cockpit and forward section of Boeing aircraft; Spirit's shares dropped 30.3 percent on Thursday

British Airways and Delta says it’s has no plan to replace their fleet of 747-400 with 747-8
United Airlines is considering an order for Airbus' A350-1000 jets to replace older Boeing 747s, Bloomberg News reported this morning.
Many airlines still has aircraft with plenty of aircraft service life left
FedEx had been buying 777F and 767F but has now has pick up two MD-11F FedEx now has a fleet of 66 MD-11Fs.
Boeing has sold 844 787 and has 114 cancelation, Boeing will need to sell 1100 787 to break even
The program had delivery 39 aircraft after 42 months, Boeing is now paying late fee to the airline
The stock price for Delta Airline is $10.74,
Southwest $9.99, Alaska Airline $49.09 FedEx $19.62
United Airlines $21.23, Spirit's $16.12
How can the airlines afford new millions dollars aircrafts when their stock price is so low?
Alaska Airlines will buy 50 737s, Alaska with their 127 aircraft with 200 seats per aircraft will make 5 billion when?
Do the math at 4th-Quarter 2010 Airline Financial Data; Network, Low-Cost and Regional Airlines Report Profits
http://www.bts.gov/press_releases/2011/bts034_11/html/bts034_11.html

FedEx (NYSE: FDX) is still enamored with the Boeing (NYSE: BA) 777 cargo jet, but it's putting that love affair on hold...for now.

According to reports out Monday, the world's largest air-cargo shipper by revenues is pushing back orders of the 777s. Dow Jones says FedEx is cutting 777 deliveries by as much as 65 percent over the next five years, mainly in delaying deliveries to 2018 or later.
http://www.streetinsider.com/Corporate+News/FedEx+(FDX)+Pushes+for+Drastic+Cut+in+Near-Term+Boeing+(BA)+777+Deliveries+as+Economic+Pressures+Weigh/7634115.html

South west has delay 30 737 still 2017

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-16/southwest-delays-30-jet-deliveries-to-save-1-billion

December 12 2012 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
thomas85225

Airlines are discovering that placing an orders with Boeing and getting the aircrafts delivery is another stories since Boeing upper management are all sale people in Chicago

Phil conduct was the only person at Boeing on the development of 777-200 that was hand on
Boeing has delivery 38 747-8 that are two years late and 2.4 over budget
The 787 has delivery 39 787 that are 3.5 late and over 32 Billion over budget
Boeing took 844 orders for 787 and say it would build one 787 every three days
Boeing should have build 300 to 425 to date
Airline are cancelling their orders for 787
and Boeing is write late fee and performance short fall check to the airline
(note the FAA required a 18 to 24 months flight test program to get the bug out of any new aircraft)

Today, I'll look at Boeing the company is one of the two major commercial aerospace giants in the world, doing battle with Europe's Airbus for supremacy of the skies.
Wow is that why Boeing has offload 70% the building of commercial aircrafts into 70 countries and 26 states 24 after 2013
Boeing will offer the 737MAX and the 777-X after the A350 and A-320 go into production !

Boeing is Multinational Corporation

Boeing has sold several plant to Sprit aero system and Vought the now building parts for Boeing Airbus Gulfstream and Sprit is now building parts for the A-350 in Kingston North Caroline
And Airbus will open a assemble line for the A320 in Mobil Alabama

By Adam Levine-Weinberg:The Boeing Company (BA) has been stuck in neutral for most of the past five years, as investors have worried about a variety of potential pitfalls awaiting the company. The most high-profile issue has been a series of delays to the highly-anticipated 787 Dreamliner program.
The stock was at $105 in 2005 and today it $75.89
http://seekingalpha.com/article/980671-boeing-ready-to-fly-higher-on-production-increases

Is today stories and advertisement for Boeing?

December 12 2012 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jlf0425

I could not disagree with the thrust of this article more! Having owned this stock for years, I can only say that I must be a total fool to continue with it. This company has the most incompetent management in American industrial history and shows little sign of getting better. They are too large; too many divisions; too many labor problems and are too close to the federal pig trough. Their outsourcing was a complete flop and the rework on the 787 series continues unabated. May I suggest to the BOD: Get some competent people to run this company

December 12 2012 at 1:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply