UTX - United Technologies Corporation

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
+1.09 (+0.83%)
At close: 4:02PM EDT
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Previous Close131.30
Bid0.00 x 900
Ask0.00 x 2200
Day's Range130.93 - 132.88
52 Week Range100.48 - 144.40
Avg. Volume3,494,795
Market Cap114.24B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.34
PE Ratio (TTM)20.57
EPS (TTM)6.44
Earnings DateJul 23, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield2.94 (2.24%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-08-15
1y Target Est151.44
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  • Cellphones a Flight Risk? Could Be on Some Boeing Jets
    Bloomberg3 days ago

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    (Bloomberg) -- U.S. government officials in 2014 revealed an alarming safety issue: Passenger mobile phones and other types of radio signals could pose a crash threat to some models of Boeing 737 and 777 airplanes.More than 1,300 jets registered in the U.S. were equipped with cockpit screens vulnerable to interference from Wi-Fi, mobile phones and even outside frequencies such as weather radar, according to the Federal Aviation Administration, which gave airlines until November 2019 to replace the units made by Honeywell International Inc. Honeywell estimates that 70 or fewer planes with cockpit screens in need of repair are still flying.Flight-critical data including airspeed, altitude and navigation could disappear and “result in loss of airplane control at an altitude insufficient for recovery,” the FAA said in its 2014 safety bulletin, known as an airworthiness directive.A Honeywell spokeswoman said there have been no reports of display units blanking in-flight due to high-intensity radio frequency/Wi-Fi interference. Airlines and Honeywell have argued that radio signals were unlikely to cause safety problems during flight. The FAA, however, concluded there were safety risks based on assessments it had received from a vendor and an operator.Boeing Co. found the interference in a laboratory test in 2012 and hasn’t seen similar issues on other aircraft, a company spokesman said. Honeywell is aware of only one case where all six display units in a 737 cockpit went blank, company spokeswoman Nina Krauss said. The cause was a software problem, unrelated to Wi-Fi or cellphones, that has been fixed and is currently being flight-tested, she said.The affected 737s are the so-called Next Generation model, a predecessor of the Boeing Max, which was involved in two crashes in less than five months. Cockpit displays on the Max were made by Rockwell Collins, now a unit of United Technologies Corp., not Honeywell. Boeing’s 777s also were covered by the FAA order.The FAA order didn’t quantify the amount of radio signals needed to cause interference problems. An agency spokesman said Thursday that the FAA bases the compliance time for its airworthiness directives on the risk that a condition poses. “A 60-month compliance time frame means the risk is low, and does not need to be addressed right away,” he said.Still, the radio-signal threat extends beyond that specific display system and FAA warning.Numerous mobile phones left on during any airplane flight “could be a real problem,” said professor Tim Wilson, department chair for electrical, computer, software and systems engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The greater the number of phones emitting radio signals, he said, the greater the potential for interference with a plane’s flight system.Airplane ModeMany airlines now permit passengers to turn their phones to “airplane mode,” which allows Wi-Fi transmissions. But mobile phones operate at higher power levels, Wilson said, since the signals must reach a cell tower and not just a local antenna or router. “So cellular service is potentially more impactful,” he added.The FAA in 2013 began the process of allowing wider use of electronic devices on planes, provided airlines could demonstrate it was safe. That prompted an outcry from consumer groups concerned about passengers being subjected to the mobile phone conversations of seatmates.No U.S. airlines allowed it and, in 2018, Congress barred the use of mobile phones for calls during flights.Honeywell says that 70 or fewer planes with affected display screens require repair. That may leave a lot of screens unaccounted for.A plane generally has six display screens. Back in 2014 Honeywell told the FAA that 10,100 display units -- or the equivalent of nearly 1,700 planes -- were affected worldwide. When asked this week about the progress of the fixes, Honeywell’s Krauss said that 8,000 of those screens were replaced and fewer than 400 components, or the equivalent of about 70 planes, still need to be fixed. That still leaves 1,700 units, or the equivalent of about 280 planes, unaccounted for out of the 2014 figure.Honeywell says its calculation of 70 or fewer assumes that some airlines might have had the work performed at non-Honeywell facilities, and regulators in other regions of the world might not have ordered the units replaced. In addition, some planes might have been taken out of service due to age. The actual number of planes operating with faulty components couldn’t be determined by Bloomberg.Krauss said that “even if a blanking incident were to occur,” the units are backed up by multiple redundancies.Both Delta Air Lines Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. have completed their overhauls, according to the companies. American Airlines Group Inc. has 14 more jets that need refurbished units, and United Airlines still needs to replace components across 17 aircraft, representatives from those companies said.Ryanair Holdings Plc, the large Irish-based discount carrier, told the FAA in 2014 that its planes held 707 of the affected Honeywell units and argued at the time that changing out all of them “is imposing a high, and unnecessary, financial burden on operators.” A Ryanair spokeswoman said the airline hasn’t upgraded all 707 screens but that the carrier inspected all of its display units and “any affected DUs have been replaced.”(Corrects story first published on July 18 to clarify in the second and 13th-15th paragraphs the estimated number of planes still flying with affected display screens; rephrase Honeywell’s comment and clarify the FAA’s conclusions in the fourth paragraph; and provide more details on the cause of a blanking incident in the fifth paragraph. A previous version of the story corrected the headline to say ‘Could’ rather than ‘Are’.)\--With assistance from Thomas Black, Justin Bachman, Christopher Jasper and Jonathan Morgan.To contact the reporter on this story: Anita Sharpe in Atlanta at asharpe6@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Flynn McRoberts at fmcroberts1@bloomberg.net, Elizabeth WassermanFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

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  • Aviation Is the Rope in the Tug of War Over GE Stock
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    After a big rally, General Electric (NYSE:GE) stock has stalled out. General Electric stock has traded sideways for about a four and half months now, staying mostly in a range between $9 and $10.25.Source: Shutterstock It's not terribly difficult to see why that is. After a long decline over the last few years - including two dividend cuts - investors and analysts don't entirely trust General Electric stock. To some, including InvestorPlace columnist Dana Blankenhorn, GE's debt and pension liabilities suggest years of pain ahead. To others, the long-awaited turnaround is at hand. * 7 Stocks Top Investors Are Buying Now Increasingly, it seems like it will be GE Aviation that determines whether the bulls or bears will prove correct. That's not terribly surprising, of course: Aviation is GE's most profitable, and likely its most valuable, business. It generated roughly 60% of the company's segment-level profit last year, according to General Electric's 10-K filing.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsBut the gap between bulls' and bears' views of what Aviation truly is worth appears to be widening. The issues at Boeing (NYSE:BA) add a dose of uncertainty to the debate. Skeptics and believers see the unit's performance at the recent Paris Air Show very differently. Indeed, they see the future of the unit very differently.Heading into the second half of 2019, with GE's Q2 earnings two weeks away, it seems likely that the continuing argument over GE stock is going to come down to GE Aviation. A Big Win for GE AviationOn its face, the Paris Air Show last month - the industry's biggest event - seems like a win for General Electric. GE Aviation and its joint venture booked a record combined $55 billion in orders, per a company press release. That was up from $31 billion the year before.Obviously, that $55 billion isn't turning into revenue in 2020 or even necessarily by 2025. But with commercial aircraft demand still strong, it suggests that GE Aviation at worst is keeping pace with competing engine builders. That notably includes United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) unit Pratt & Whitney, which has taken market share in recent years.Meanwhile, the merger of UTX and Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) potentially creates a more formidable competitor on the defense/military side as well. And the delays of GE's new GE9x turbine engine hampered Boeing's launch of its 777x. After that news, and with its competition improving, GE Aviation needed a strong showing - and got it.Right? General Electric Stock Stays StuckPerhaps. But GE stock bears weren't so sure and apparently, neither were investors. Even as stock markets raced to all-time highs, the lid stayed on GE stock.And two noted skeptics cast doubt on the headline. Stephen Tusa, who has been a prescient bear on GE stock for years now, went as far as to call the order figure "a smoke screen." He argued that new engines - including the GE9x and the LEAP, the latter of which is manufactured in a joint venture with Safran SA (OTCMKTS:SAFRY) - might not be as profitable as GE's past models.John Inch of Gordon Haskett seemed to agree. Both analysts argued that the unit's 2018 earnings - and remember, 2018 was a disastrous year for GE as a whole - were likely above its long-term averages. As a result, Tusa argued that GE Aviation was worth potentially less than $40 billion, with Inch citing a $50 billion ceiling.Of course, as Barron's noted, other analysts saw it differently. Both Citigroup and Barclays saw the order growth as impressive. Those analysts are among the bulls who value GE Aviation in the range of $80 billion -$100 billion.Those differing valuations have an enormous impact on GE stock. What Aviation Means for GE StockWhat seems to be a $30 billion-$60 billion discrepancy on Aviation's valuation leads to very different views on GE stock. On its own, that range suggests a $3.40-$6.80 per share impact to a "sum of the parts" model.But that's not the only impact. Again, GE has a huge amount of debt. A stronger Aviation business will produce more cash flow that can be used to pay down that debt. It also gives GE more ways to raise money; a spin-off or partial sale of the unit can be used to raise capital, for instance.A weaker Aviation business, however, leaves GE in something close to trouble. The Power business still is a mess. GE Healthcare's profits are coming down after the company sold GE Biopharma to Danaher (NYSE:DHR) for $21 billion. Aviation matters not just in terms of paper valuation; it has to drive much of the growth and cash flow that GE needs to create.The importance of Aviation can be seen in the relative price targets of the four analysts, as Barron's pointed out. Tusa and Inch value General Electric stock at $5 and $7, respectively. Barclays sees GE stock getting to $13, and Citigroup estimates that GE stock is worth $14 per share. On the SidelinesA weaker Aviation business would be bad news for GE stock. I argued last year in a detailed analysis that GE, in a breakup, likely was worth at most $14-$16 per share. Including the costs of a breakup, its value is something closer to $9-$11. That was based on an estimated valuation of Aviation, using its 2017 results, of nearly $100 billion.Not all that much has changed since then, though the arrival of new CEO Larry Culp has sparked optimism towards the company's future. But if Aviation "really" is a $50 billion or a $70 billion business, it gets tougher to argue that GE stock can rise. And given that I'm skeptical that the 737 MAX issues - which already are expected to hit GE's cash flow by $200-$300 million - will be resolved soon, I'm not expecting investors' sentiment towards the unit to improve much as the year goes on.As I've written before, I'm rooting for GE stock. It's an iconic American company, and I'd love for long-suffering shareholders to see a rebound.But its problems are real. Its current collection of businesses isn't all that attractive anymore. General Electric stock needs Aviation to be a big winner - and if there are any signs at all that it won't be, it gets very difficult to pound the table for GE stock.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. 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    The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) hit an all-time high on Thursday, July 11, doubling down on Friday to end the week at 27,332. The rally came as Fed chief Jerome Powell made statements widely interpreted as supporting further interest rate cuts in the near-term. Regarding the economic situation, he said, “The bottom line is the uncertainties around global growth and trade continue to weigh on the outlook and inflation continues to be muted, and those things are still in place.”With the Fed signaling lower rates ahead, investors naturally moved toward stocks. We’ve looked into TipRanks’ database to find three stocks that are leading the Dow’s gains, to drill down into specifics and find out if they still have room to grow in 2H19. Boeing Company (BA)Seems you can’t keep Boeing out of the news these days. The industrial giant, the world’s largest aerospace firm and the US’ largest manufacturing exporter, has had more than its share of bad headlines in recent months.It started with the crash, back in March, of an Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX 8 airliner, with the deaths of all on board. It was the second crash of that model aircraft in less than five months, and on close investigation both accidents were attributed to the same flaw in the autopilot software. Airlines and industry regulators around the world reacted by grounding all operating 737 MAX 8 aircraft, globally. The result was both a business and public relations disaster for Boeing, as the company has struggled to reassure the public, build a fix for the software, and cope with a production line shutdown of its best-selling airliner model.But there is also good news. On the macro level, Boeing is one of just two major international manufacturers of commercial airliners, which limits the damage in lost customers. Also, despite some setbacks, Boeing is working on a viable fix for the for the software problem and predicting that the 737 MAX program will return to full production by the end of the year. The company has only had to close one production line. While the MAX 8 is the most popular model of Boeing’s most popular airliner, other 737 models remain in production, and the company’s wide-body airliners were not affected. And finally, with a market cap of $200 billion dollars, Boeing quite simply has the resources to weather this storm.Boeing’s investors can also take heart from the company’s stock performance since the March air crash. In the two trading sessions following the disaster, BA shares fell from $420 to $373, loss of 11%. But that has been the worst of the damage. BA stock has been essentially range-bound since then, with a high point of $393 and a low point of $337. Shares are currently priced at $365 and rising.Wall Street’s top analysts agree that Boeing has a clear path out of its current difficulties. From UBS, Myles Walton points to recent survey evidence that the traveling public is growing more willing to book seats on the 737 MAX. While acknowledging that consumer sentiment can be fickle, Walton sees this as evidence that the public will welcome the popular airliner’s return and justify the company’s continuing production. He gives BA a $500 price target, suggestive of a 36% upside.Vertical Research analyst Robert Stallard agrees that Boeing is a buy and that the 737 MAX will return to full production, although he sees that happening toward the end of the year. In a recent note, in which he gives the stock a $413 price target, Stallard says, “Boeing is having to do additional work on the MCAS software system… We had previously assumed a 6-month grounding in our Boeing estimates, taking the MAX out of action through to the end of 3Q19. We are now updating our numbers to factor in another quarter of grounding to the end of 4Q19…” Stallard’s price target indicates an upside potential of 13%.Finally, Cowen’s Cai Rumohr, an expert on the aerospace sector who has been following Boeing for over 10 years, has consistently maintained his ‘buy’ rating on BA since the March crash. Earlier this spring, Rumohr noted that Boeing had only had four net cancellations in the immediate aftermath of the groundings, evidence of the company’s fundamental strength. He has held steadfastly to his $460 price target on BA, believing that it will break out later this year. That price target suggests an upside of 25% for the stock.Boeing’s strong buy analyst consensus rating reflects the overall optimism and the company’s strong fundamentals. It’s significant to note that even the low-end price target, $367, is higher than the stock’s most recent close at $365. The average price target of $433 suggests that BA has a potential upside of 18%.View BA Price Target & Analyst Ratings Detail United Technologies Corporation (UTX)United Technologies is another large-cap industrial standby, a major manufacturer in a variety of industries: HVAC, building systems, fire and security, elevators and escalators, and aerospace systems such as aircraft engines. UTX’s big news in recent months was the June 9 announcement that it has agreed with Raytheon to merge the two companies’ aerospace and defense segments into a new entity to be called Raytheon Technologies Corporation.Assuming approval of the merger, the new company will be the world’s second largest contractor in the aerospace and defense sector – after Boeing. And this brings us to an interesting point, underlining the different strengths that companies will show in the market. Where Boeing is generally perceived as a strong buy (see above), UTX is still seen as a moderate buy from the analyst consensus. But while the analysts’ optimism about Boeing is conditional on the 737 MAX restarting production in Q4, the outlook on UTX is showing strong improvement. Two five-star analysts have recently upgraded the stock from neutral to buy.The first upgrade, on June 10, came from Josh Sullivan of Seaport Global. Pointing to the Raytheon merger, Sullivan said it, “offers a compelling combination in defense as well as commercial aerospace business.” He specifically points out the proposed new company’s ventures in hypersonic and directed energy weapons as putting it “ahead of the curve” in defense industry trends. He believes the combination is sufficient to support a $165 price target for UTX. Sullivan’s target suggests an upside of 23% to the stock.The second, more recent, upgrade to UTX came on June 24 from Cai Rumohr, quoted above regarding Boeing. Rumohr notes that UTX dropped in the immediate aftermath of the announcement and has only now edged above its June 9 trading level. He says this puts UTX’s aerospace unit “at an inflection point,” with further gains possible if the merger is approved. He adds that, “the stock's relative weakness since the merger was announced suggests investors don't understand the benefits,” and describes UTX, at its current price, as a “win-win for attractive standalone valuation.” Rumohr puts a $150 price target on the stock, indicating room for a 12% upside.As mentioned, the analyst consensus on UTX is a moderate buy. This is based on 6 buys and 3 holds given in the past three months. Shares are selling for $133, and the average price target of $150 suggests an upside potential of 12%.View UTX Price Target & Analyst Ratings Detail Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)With Johnson & Johnson, we shift gears from industry and defense to pharmaceuticals and consumer products. JNJ is best known products like Band-Aids, Tylenol, and no-more-tears baby shampoo, but the company’s main revenue stream comes from is pharmaceutical line. To illustrate the difference in revenues between the segments, consumer/home health supports just under 17% of JNJ’s total revenues, while just two drugs – Remicade and Simponi – bring in over 11% of the total revenues by themselves.Whatever the base, Johnson & Johnson’s healthy revenues and reputation as a defensive stock that will outperform the market in a downturn keep it popular with investors. The company has shown a 24% return on equity over the trailing 12 months, along with positive trends in the 20- and 200-day moving averages. In the last quarterly report, JNJ beat the forecast by 3.3%, and in the coming report, to be released on July 16, is expected to show 15% year-over-year EPS growth.The analysts agree that JNJ is a stock with strong growth potential. Writing at the end of May, BMO’s Joanne Wuensch gave the stock a buy rating with a $157 price target, basing her outlook on an optimistic take regarding an opioid addiction case currently in litigation. Wuensch notes, “Litigation is a common occurrence in the health care sector that takes significant time to resolve, and often headlines are worse than reality.” She adds that Johnson & Johnson has offered a vigorous defense in the case, and adds that, having waived a jury trial in favor of a bench hearing, JNJ could look forward to the case’s completion by summer’s end, making it possible for the company to put the matter behind it fairly quickly. Her price target reflects her optimism, suggesting a 16% upside.Matt Miksic, of Credit Suisse, also weighed in on JNJ, initiating his coverage of the stock with a buy rating. He says the “key drivers” behind the stock are “continued growth in Immunology, driven by Stelera and Tremfya, sustainable growth in Oncology driven by Imbruvica, Darzelex and Erleada, and an attractive pipeline of filings in the 2019-2023 timeframe with greater than$1B potential each, and stable growth and cash flows in Consumer Health.” His price target, $156, like Weunsch’s, also indicates confidence in a 16% upside.Johnson & Johnson’s overall rating is almost identical to UTX’s. JNJ receives a moderate buy from the analyst consensus, based on 7 buys and 4 holds, with a current share price of $134 and an average price target of $150. The upside potential is 12%.View JNJ Price Target & Analyst Ratings DetailUse TipRanks’ database to find out what Wall Street’s top analysts are saying about the market’s leaders, to target your investments appropriately.

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    For many years United Technologies (NYSE:UTX) has been something of a safety stock: a Dow component that's been providing technology products and services to the global aerospace industry, a market that's never out of style in a politically uncertain world. UTX stock has returned 22.5% so far in 2019.Yet, not all is safe and sound in the minds and hearts of United Technologies stock investors, however, as last month's announcement that the company would merge with top defense contractor Raytheon (NYSE:RTN) shook up the industry -- and left shareholders wondering where the UTX stock price might go from here.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Merger MadnessThe newly formed aerospace and defense conglomerate will be a new company called Raytheon Technologies; as the name implies, United Technologies as we know it will essentially disappear. Current holders of UTX stock need not panic, however, as the deal isn't slated to close until the first quarter of 2020.Nonetheless, United Technology stock holders might consider unloading some shares in anticipation of a rough landing, or at least setting a strict stop-loss 10% or even 5% below the current share price. While the two companies have touted the deal as a proverbial merger of equals, not everyone seems entirely comfortable with the formation of an aerospace-and-defense mega-company. Behold, the PushbackAmong the critics of the United Technologies-Raytheon deal is none other than President Trump, who has expressed concern that the merger could reduce competition and make it difficult for the government to negotiate defense contracts. Trump has been known to pillory companies and then forgive them soon afterward, but as a personal preference, I'm not a fan of holding shares of companies that are in the crosshairs of the U.S. government. * The 7 Top Small-Cap Stocks Of 2019 On the flip side is the government's ongoing need for defense-related services, which won't be slowing down anytime soon. Looking over the coming fiscal 2020 U.S. defense budget, we can see that the Senate has already passed a $750 billion defense authorization bill by a vote of 86 to 8. With the U.S. embroiled in a heated conflict with Iran and its allies, the defense bill is likely to pass and government spending in that sector should hold steady or increase in the near term at least. Time to Play DefenseThis might not be enough to assuage concerned investors or prospective investors, though, as there's no shortage of criticism of the merger. One prominent example would be activist investor and Third Point CEO Daniel S. Loeb. Another would be Pershing Square Capital Management Founder and CEO Bill Ackman. They're both prominent UTX shareholders, and neither have been shy about voicing their strong disapproval of the merger.For his part, Loeb has uncategorically stated that Third Point won't support the merger "in its current form and plans to vote against it." Moreover, he's described the proposed combination of United Technologies and Raytheon as "ill-conceived and unlikely to create value for UTC shareholders." * 7 Retail Stocks to Buy That Are Down in 2019 Ackman said that the merger "makes no sense to us" and that his firm "cannot comprehend the strategic logic" of the deal. The reasoning is complex, but to put it in a nutshell, the primary concern of these two hedge-fund managers -- and of concerned investors generally -- is that neither of the two companies will benefit from the proposed agreement in any appreciable way. Bottom Line on United Technologies StockI don't make it a policy to lean bearish on a name like United Technologies stock simply because a couple of famous financiers have expressed their concerns. Besides, given the political unrest happening in the world today, I'm decidedly bullish on the aerospace/defense market as a whole.Still, even if we assume that the proposed merger goes through without a hitch, it won't be the biggest company in its industry; Boeing (NYSE:BA) will still hold that title, at least in terms of annual revenue. Most importantly, I've been searching high and low for a solid rationale to justify this merger -- and as U2 front-man Bono once sang -- I still haven't found what I'm looking for.Therefore, I would steer clear of UTX stock for the time being at least; merger madness, powerful as it may be, need not affect our sanity.As of this writing, David Moadel did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 10 Best Stocks for 2019: A Volatile First Half * 7 Simple Ways for Young Investors to Invest Their First $1,000 * 6 Stocks to Buy Based on Insider Buying The post United Technologies and Merger Mania: Time to Call the Whole Thing Off? appeared first on InvestorPlace.

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