Shares of Boeing Co. BA, +0.00% on Monday were poised to cut more than 250 points from the Dow Jones Industrial Average after a fatal crash resulted in China grounding all of the aircraft maker’s model 737 planes, following a fatal crash of that model in Ethiopia. Boeing’s stock, a component of the blue-chip Dow industrials index, was down 8.7% or $37.52, in premarket action, with that decline, if it holds, set to slash about 254 points from the Dow at the open. A $1 move of any of the Dow’s 30 components equates to a decline of 6.8 points in the Dow DJIA, -0.09% which is a price-weighted index rather than market-capitalization weighted like the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.21% and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, -0.18% The premarket decline in Boeing’s shares come less than 48 hours after a 737 MAX 8 Ethiopian Airlines jet crash, resulting in the death of 157 people and comes less than a year after a separate crash involving another Boeing 737 MAX 8, according to reports. The Civil Aviation Administration of China cited the crash of an Indonesian Lion Air jet in October in its decision to ground all 96 of its Boeing 737s.
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