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Boeing slides on weaker-than-expected outlook, United Technologies eases

Boeing's shares dropped 3.1% yesterday as it reported an 8.2% decline in 4Q2010 profit. Investors were displeased with the aerospace giant's 2011 profit forecast, which came in well below consensus expectations.

Boeing's full-year net income was USD3.31 billion, up 152% from 2009, but 4Q2010 income fell 8% to USD1.16 billion as revenues dropped almost 8% to USD16.55 billion, which was worse than the market had expected.

Boeing forecasts earnings per share in 2011 of between USD3.80 and USD4.00, which is roughly flat with 2010 when net tax benefits are removed.

United Technologies Corp, parent of Pratt & Whitney, meanwhile, eased after it reported a 12% rise in profit as revenue rose 6.3%, which was ahead of market expectations.

Selected original equipment manufacturers' share price movements: (% change): 26-Jan-2011

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