Barclays sees longer recovery for 737 Max, downgrades Boeing to Equal Weight
Barclays analyst David Strauss downgraded Boeing to Equal Weight from Overweight and lowered his price target for the shares to $367 from $417. The stock closed yesterday down $4.86 to $371.60. The analyst expects the recovery of 737 Max production to take longer than expected and his 2019-2020 earnings and free cash flow estimates are well below consensus as a result. Further, a survey indicates a large portion of fliers are likely to avoid 737 MAX for an extended period beyond when the grounding is lifted, Strauss tells investors in a research note. Social media and fliers' ability to know the aircraft type in advance of booking brings greater risk to 737 Max relative to prior incidents, says the analyst.