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Boeing stock tanks after passenger plane crash in southern China 

Boeing stock tanks after passenger plane crash in southern China 
Jordan Major

Following a plane crash in China’s southern province of Guangxi on Monday, March 21, the shares of aircraft maker Boeing (NYSE: BA)  fell as much as 5% by the time the market opened on Monday, March 21.

A Boeing 737-800 operated by China Eastern Airlines (NYSE: CEA) crashed in the mountains of southern China with 132 people on board causing the BA stock to plummet. 

Immediately after the disaster, Chinese state media said that the airline has grounded its entire 737-800 fleet, which according to a flight monitoring website consisted of 109 such aircraft.

At the close of trading on Friday, March 18, shares of the Chicago-based firm were at $192.83, however at the time of publication, they were trading down at $185.19 around -4% as a result of the news, after initially dropping as much as 8% premarket.

Boeing stock. Source: Yahoo Finance

However, BA still remains up by $8.68 (4.92%) in the past 5 days.

Stocks connected to the disaster also experience declines

Elsewhere, shares in China Eastern Airlines in Hong Kong fell 6.5% when the news of the disaster surfaced, while its shares in the United States fell 7% on Monday after the tragedy was confirmed.

There was also a drop of 1% to 4% in the stock prices of airplane parts suppliers Spirit AeroSystems Holdings Inc, Hexcel Holdings Corp, and Triumph Group, Inc. (NYSE:TGI).

Boeings 737 MAX recertification in China

The popular version is a forerunner of Boeing’s 737 MAX, which is awaiting regulatory permission in China, the world’s biggest domestic aviation market, before being introduced there.

Finbold reported back in September 2021 that China’s airlines were anticipated to acquire 8,700 planes from Boeing over the next two decades, for a total of $1.47 trillion.

At the time, the American planemaker anticipated that 2040 would see 1.2% more than its previous prediction of 8,600 jets in 2022. 

Furthermore, according to Boeing, China’s aircraft fleet would need commercial services worth around $1.8 trillion over the next decade, suggesting that BA may experience increased demand in the future as the latest disaster may impact the MAX’s recertification in China where it has been grounded for three years following the two fatal crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

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