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Boeing earnings beat quarterly expectations

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The Boeing Co. has its corporate headquarters in Chicago. (Boeing Photo)

The Boeing Co. reported quarterly revenue that went beyond what analysts were expecting, and the company’s CEO said he expected new airplane orders to come in at a “moderated but healthy pace” over the next year.

Fourth-quarter revenue was $23.3 billion, which translated to core earnings per share of $2.47. Even though total quarterly earnings were down about 1.2 percent year over year, the per-share figure is higher than analysts’ average predictions of $2.34 per share.

Revenue for the full year was $94.6 billion.

The bright spot came in commercial airline revenue, which beat expectations due to a delivery volume and mix that was higher than anticipated, Boeing said in today’s report.

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By Alan Boyle

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