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The Boeing Company
The Boeing Company (Boeing) is an aerospace company. The Company operates in five segments: Commercial Airplanes, Boeing Military Aircraft (BMA), Network & Space Systems (N&SS), Global Services & Support (GS&S) and Boeing Capital Corporation (BCC).
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SWOT Analysis
SWOT Analysis was originally developed as a strategic planning tool but is now also widely used for competitive intelligence and in the investment analysis process. By understanding the strengths (S), weaknesses (W), opportunities (O) and threats (T) facing an organization, resources can be better allocated, new markets can be discovered, and competitive dangers can better defended.
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More Americans confident in housing situation
The residential housing market in the United States experienced some struggles during recovery, but there may be a number of Americans who are getting interested in purchasing a home. Nearly 40 percent of individuals felt that it was a good time to sell a property, according to the March edition of the National Housing Survey from Freddie Mac. In March 2013, just 26 percent felt that this was a good idea. More than half of Americans felt that getting a mortgage is something that is easy, and this was five percentage points higher than the same month last year. Close to 70 percent of Americans noted that purchasing a home in March was a good idea, the report showed. Approximately 68 percent of those polled felt that they would purchase a property if they relocated. "The housing recovery continues to proceed in fits and starts," said Doug Duncan, senior vice president and chief economist at Fannie Mae. "Rising mortgage rates and a lack of supply have dampened housing market momentum. However, we see several positive signs going into this year's spring home buying season, compared with last year. For example, consumers are less pessimistic about their personal finances, and more optimistic about the current selling environment and their ability to get a mortgage. Still, those who are pessimistic about buying or selling a home today tend to point to economic conditions as the primary issue, and most consumers continue to say the economy is on the wrong track." Mortgage rates drop slightly Americans also may be in a better affordability situation when it comes to purchasing a home. According to the Primary Mortgage Market Survey from Freddie Mac, the 30-year fixed-rate mortgage averaged 4.34 percent during the week ending April 10, 2014. A week earlier, the figure was 4.41 percent. "Mortgage rates eased a bit following the decline in 10-year Treasury yields," said Frank Nothaft, vice president and chief economist at Freddie Mac. "Also, the economy added 192,000 jobs in March, which was below the market consensus forecast but followed an upward revision of 22,000 jobs in February. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate held steady at 6.7 percent." For the 15-year FRM, the average was 3.38 percent during the latest measurement, the report added. This was slightly lower than a week earlier, when it reached 3.47 percent. Both figures were much improved from a year ago, when it was just 2.65 percent.