Morning Briefs: Boeing Flies High
The first production model of the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplane is unveiled to an audience of several thousand employees, airline executives, and dignitaries during a ceremony Sunday, July 8, 2007, at Boeing's assembly plant in Everett, Wash. The 787 is Boeing's first all-new plane since airlines started flying the 777 in 1995.
- Boeing says -- weather permitting -- it will fly its 787 Dreamliner for the first time on Tuesday. Airlines have been eagerly awaiting the long delayed airplane, as it uses far less fuel than previous models. United just ordered 25 more Dreamliners on Tuesday. Boeing stock was up about 2% Thursday.
- NPD Group says video game sales dropped again in November. One bright spot: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, which accounts for one out of every five game disks sold.
- News of stronger consumer spending and accelerated trade between the US and China (both ways) has the markets higher in early trading.