A broad range of aerospace and defense stocks rose today as markets put a martial spin on President Donald Trump’s decision to make a “hard exit” from an international nuclear non-proliferation deal with Iran. That’s not surprising — nor is it surprising that Boeing’s share price fell instead.
Trump’s intention to reimpose trade sanctions almost certainly dooms Boeing’s $16.6 billion deal to sell 80 jets to Iran Air. That sale agreement covered 50 single-aisle 737 MAX jets and 80 wide-body 777s. A separate memorandum of agreement called for Boeing to sell 30 737 MAX jets to Iran Aseman Airlines for a list-price total of $3.4 billion.
The loss is tempered by the fact that Boeing wasn’t counting on the deals going through.