This is Why Boeing (BA) Stock is Popping After Earnings

On Wednesday, aerospace and defense giant Boeing Co. BA reported its fourth quarter fiscal 2016 results before the bell, posting mixed results as its Dreamliner finally turns a profit. BA stock was up almost 5% to $168.19 per share in midday trading, and is one of the top performers in the Dow Jones as the index climbed past 20,000 for the first time.

Boeing posted adjusted non-GAAP earnings of $2.47 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.34 per share (investors should note this number excludes 12 cents from non-recurring items). Revenues came in at $23.29 billion, which lagged behind our consensus estimate of $23.45 billion and declined 1.2% year-over-year.

One of the biggest surprises of Boeing's earnings report was the profitability of its 787 Dreamliner. Deferred production costs fell for the airliner $215 million to $27.3 billion, and last year saw unit costs for the Dreamliner finally fall below its sales price. It will be critical for Boeing to continue to improve the profitability of its cutting-edge jetliner.

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"We led the industry in commercial airplane deliveries for the fifth consecutive year, achieved healthy sales in our defense, space and services segments, and produced record operating cash flow, which fueled investment in innovation and our people and generated significant returns to shareholders," said Chairman, President, and CEO Dennis Muilenburg.

Looking ahead, Boeing expects operating cash flow to increase to roughly $10.75 billion. The company is also expecting non-GAAP earnings to fall in the range of $9.10 and $9.30 per share for full-year fiscal 2017, representing solid growth. Revenue guidance is between $90.5 and $92.5 billion, including increased commercial deliveries of between 760 and 765.

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