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January 21, 2020 10:54 PM UTC

Boeing Stock Crashes to 52-Week Low Following Shocking Report on 737 Max Grounding

Boeing's stock took a beating Tuesday amid reports that its Max 737 could remain grounded for months longer than initially expected.

  • Boeing’s stock price plunged by as much as 5.6% on Tuesday.
  • Reports suggest the Max 737 could remain grounded until June or July, months longer than previously expected.
  • Airbus, Boeing’s main rival, is reporting unprecedented demand for its A320 series jets.

Shares of Boeing Co (NYSE:BA) plunged anew on Tuesday amid reports that its troubled 737 Max fleet won’t be cleared to fly until June at the earliest.

Carriers looking to get their planes back in the sky in time for summer flying could take another hit as the Boeing series remains grounded.

Boeing’s Troubles Continue to Mount

As CNBC reported Tuesday, Boeing doesn’t expect regulatory approval of its 737 Max until June or July, which is much later than the manufacturer had anticipated. The delay puts more pressure on the company as it grapples with a worsening PR crisis and billions of dollars’ worth of lost orders.

The headache doesn’t end with Boeing; carriers have also missed out on peak travel season due to the 737 being grounded. If regulatory approval isn’t granted until summer, they may lose out on another year of peak travel business.

Boeing’s finances have deteriorated to the point where management is actively seeking bank loans of $10 billion or greater. As CNBC reports, the company has already received commitments from Citigroup, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and J.P. Morgan.

Last week, Boeing’s engineers identified more issues with the Max’s software update, complicating its timeline for regulatory approval. A spokesman for the company issued the following statement:

We are making necessary updates and working with the FAA on submission of this change, and keeping our customers and suppliers informed.

Meanwhile, Boeing’s arch-rival Airbus (EADSY) boasted of “unprecedented demand” for its A320 series aircraft. The main alternative to the Max has witnessed significant uptake since the drama involving Boeing intensified last year.

As Investor’s Business Daily reports, Airbus is planning to boost production capacity of its A321 series, a narrow-body commercial passenger plane that seats between 185 and 236 passengers.

BA Stock Tanks

On the receiving end of bad press, Boeing’s share price plunged by as much as 5.6% on Tuesday, sliding all the way down to $306.00. Unlike its large-cap peers, BA shares are down sharply in 2020.

Boeing’s stock has plunged to its lowest level since December 2018. | Chart: Yahoo Finance

Boeing’s stock rallied all the way to $342.25 on Jan. 7 before gradually declining over the next ten days. The stock is currently trading at its lowest level in over a year.

As the Dow Jones’ largest component, Boeing’s sudden price collapse had a gravitational pull on the broader index. The blue-chip Dow 30 average declined by as much as 202 points before recovering partially in afternoon trading.

Disclaimer: The above should not be considered trading advice from CCN.com.

This article was edited by Josiah Wilmoth.

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Last modified: February 3, 2020 9:31 PM UTC

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Financial Editor of CCN.com, Sam Bourgi has spent the past nine years focused on economics, markets and cryptocurrencies. His work has been featured in and cited by some of the world's leading newscasts, including Barron's, CBOE, Yahoo Finance and Forbes. Sam is based in Ontario, Canada and can be contacted at sam.bourgi@ccn.com

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