Dow Is Up 1,200 Points But Few Are Touching Boeing. Here’s Why

  • The Dow Jones Industrial Average soared nearly 1,200 points but Boeing just inched higher despite the rally.
  • Delays with recertifying the Max 737 continue to weigh on shares.
  • The coronavirus outbreak could have a big impact on Boeing aircraft orders.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged nearly 1,200 points on Wednesday, but you wouldn’t know it from Boeing’s (NYSE: BA) stock.

Earlier shares of the aircraft maker were down in a sea of green, continuing a precipitous decline spurred on by coronavirus fears. By the end of trading it had flipped green but well off what most stocks were doing.

Since Feb. 13, the stock has dropped nearly 19%. Year-to-date it’s around 15% lower.

Boeing vastly underperformed the Dow and broader U.S. stock market on Wednesday. | Chart: Yahoo Finance

737 Max Recertification Delays Weigh on Shares

There’s a lot of reasons investors are staying away from the aircraft maker as it tries to reverse what has been a disastrous couple of years.

There’s the two 737 Max crashes that killed 346 people and grounded Boeing’s most popular aircraft. Boeing has been trying to recertify the aircraft for flight but has faced several setbacks. Those threaten to delay approval until the middle of the summer – a reality that is weighing on the stock.

Just last week the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) called on Boeing to make yet another repair. This time it’s to the engine linings to prevent what the FAA said could cause the failure of both engines.

The FAA and Boeing are also at odds over the amount of simulator training that pilots should be required to undergo before flying a 737 Max again. In order for the aircraft to get off the ground, the FAA will have to sign off on Boeing’s training. Add other required fixes to the mix and investors can’t be blamed for feeling dejected.

It’s also weighing on Boeing’s cash position. In order for Boeing to thrive it needs a healthy network of suppliers and airlines using its planes.

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