Fleet turnover should bring big gains

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The recession forced airlines to cut spending on new planes, flight simulators and pilot training. However, airlines will have to start replacing their aging fleets in the next few years. That should spur a surge in orders for Bombardier and CAE. BOMBARDIER INC. (Toronto symbols BBD.A $4.97 and BBD.B $4.98; Aggressive Growth Portfolio, Manufacturing & Industry sector; Shares outstanding: 1.7 billion; Market cap: $8.5 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 0.5; Dividend yield: 2.0%; TSINetwork Rating: Average; www.bombardier.com) is the world’s third-largest commercial-aircraft maker, behind Boeing and Airbus. Its aerospace division supplies roughly half of its revenue. The other half comes from its transportation division, which is the world’s largest maker of passenger railcars. In its 2011 second quarter, which ended July 31, 2010, the company earned $0.08 a share (all amounts except share prices and market cap in U.S. dollars). That’s down 27.2% from $0.11 a share, a year earlier. Revenue fell 17.5%, to $4.1 billion from $4.9 billion. The uncertain economy…

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