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Thu, Jan. 28, 2:19 PM
- Higher oil prices and an increased level of concern over the Zika virus have hit airline stocks.
- In one of the more curious moves, JetBlue (JBLU -7.3%) is sharply lower despite doubling profit in Q4 and topping earnings estimates.
- Other notable decliners include Virgin America (VA -4.2%), American Airlines Group (AAL -4.2%), Spirit Airlines (SAVE -3.1%), and Delta Air Lines (DAL -3.4%).
- The U.S. Global Jets ETF is down 2.33%.
- Previously: WHO issues warning on Zika virus (Jan. 28)
- Previously: JetBlue Airways beats by $0.05, beats on revenue (Jan. 28)
Wed, Jan. 27, 10:14 AM
- Airline stocks are higher in early trading as they move in the opposite direction of broad market averages. Some analysts think the sector could draw in investors in a late reaction to the drop in crude oil prices.
- Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) is up 13.5% after a solid earnings report and analyst upgrade.
- United Continental (UAL +2.2%), Virgin America (VA +1.9%), and American Airlines Group (AAL +0.8%) are also scrapping for gains.
Wed, Jan. 13, 3:54 PM
- The transportation sector is down sharply across the board on broad macroeconomic concerns.
- Airline decliners include SkyWest (SKYW -6.9%), Spirit Airlines (SAVE -6.1%), United Continental (UAL -5.5%), Southwest Airlines (LUV -5.3%), and American Airlines (AAL -4.6%).
- Railroad movers include CSX (CSX -5.5%), Norfolk Southern (NSC -5.9%), Genesee & Wyoming (GWR -6.3%), Canadian Pacific (CP -5.6%), and Kansas City Southern (KSU -4.1%).
Tue, Jan. 5, 2:42 PM
- Delta Air Lines (DAL +0.2%) launched the first airfare hike of 2016, according to FareCompare.com
- The price-tracking website reports American Airlines (AAL -0.1%), Southwest Airlines (LUV +2%), and United Continental (UAL -0.5%) have all matched the fare boost of up to $4 per one-way flight.
- The match by Southwest is important in particular as the carrier is usually the tipping point for an industry-wide raise.
- The fare increases are most likely outside of the regional pressure that the majors are putting on discounters Spirit Airlines, Frontier, and Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA).
- Airline stocks are mixed bag on the day. Republic Airways (RJET -14.1%) is down sharply due to a Deutschce Bank downgrade, while there is also nervous trading around SkyWest (SKYW -4.4%). Southwest Airlines is rallying, while a CEO swap has given lift to Spirit Airlines (SAVE +5.9%). Add it all up and the U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEARCA:JETS) is flat for the day.
Dec. 4, 2015, 3:58 PM
- OPEC's decision to maintain production levels -- and put more pressure on oil prices -- is boosting a fuel-dependent sector as airline stocks rally.
- Outstripping market gains today: United Continental (UAL +3.8%); Delta Air Lines (DAL +3.2%); and American (AAL +3.9%), as well as smaller carriers. JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) is up 3.4% and Republic Airways (NASDAQ:RJET) is up 3.5%. Hawaiian Holdings rose 2.8% and Spirit (NASDAQ:SAVE) is up 3.4%.
- Meanwhile, Southwest (LUV +4.4%) and Alaska (ALK +5.4%) have hit new all-time highs.
- The airlines are building on some strength from earlier in the week driven by traffic trends.
- Previously: Crude oil closes below $40, no relief in sight for oil industry pain (Dec. 04 2015)
- Previously: Stock futures tilt negative as crude oil slides (Dec. 04 2015)
Nov. 24, 2015, 1:49 PM
- A global travel warning issued by the U.S. Department is impacting several sectors. Hotel stocks are notably weaker, while amusement park stocks are also trailing broad market averages. Airlines are feeling a double whammy from travel demand concerns and a 3% rise in crude oil futures.
- In some cases the sell-off appears to be an overreaction with little evidence in that travel habits will change dramatically, according to some analysts.
- Decliners include Hyatt Hotels (H -1.5%), Hilton Worldwide (HLT -1.1%), Marriott International (MAR -1.8%), JetBlue (JBLU -1.7%), Delta Air Lines (DAL -3.3%), American Airlines Group (AAL -2.4%), United Continental (UAL -3.2%), Allegiant Travel (ALGT -5.3%), Spirit Airlines (SAVE -4.1%), Southwest Airlines (LUV -2.7%), Six Flags (SIX -1.0%), Cedar Fair (FUN -1.0%), Disney (DIS -0.9%), and Sabre (SABR -3.9%), Virgin Amerinca (VA -2.5%), Alaska Air Group (ALK -1.5%).
- Previously: PCLN, EXPE, TRIP sell off after State Department issues travel warning (Nov. 24)
Nov. 16, 2015, 9:57 AM
- A group of travel, lodging, and airline stocks are weaker than broad market averages on heightened concerns over global travel and tourism after the Paris attacks.
- Notable decliners include Delta Air Lines (DAL -1.8%), American Airlines Group (AAL -1.6%), Priceline (PCLN -4.5%), Expedia (EXPE -2.1%), China Lodging Group (HTHT -0.6%), Wyndham Worldwide (WYN -2.5%), Hilton Worldwide (HLT -2.6%), and Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG -1.6%).
Oct. 9, 2015, 10:29 AM
- Airline stocks are showing some strength in early trading as investors shrug off another uptick in oil prices.
- Solid traffic reports from United Continental and American Airlines Group are turning attention back to the robust profits being churned up in the sector.
- United raised its Q3 profit forecast, while American saw a big jump in its load factor for September in a positive sign and gave its own favorable estimate on margins.
- Gainers: United Continental (UAL +7.1%), American Airlines Group (AAL +4.4%), Delta Air Lines (DAL +2.5%), Hawaiian Holdings (HA +3.9%), Southwest Airlines (LUV +2.6%), Spirit Airlines (SAVE +4.7%), Virgin America (VA +3%), Allegiant Travel (ALGT +3.1%), Alaska Air Group (ALK +1.8%), JetBlue (JBLU +4.9%).
- Related ETF: JETS.
Oct. 2, 2015, 10:24 AM
- Airline stocks are weaker than broad market averages on heightened concerns of a weak U.S. economy and in reaction to guidance from Delta.
- The slide in the sector comes even with crude oil dropping back below $45.
- In a new SEC filing, Delta says it sees Q3 operating margin of 20% to 21% and passenger unit revenue growth of -4.5% to -5.5%.
- Leading decliners in the sector in early trading are Delta Air Lines (DAL -3.5%), JetBlue Airways (JBLU -3%), Hawaiian Holdings (HA -3.7%), and American Airlines Group (AAL -2.9%).
Aug. 28, 2015, 12:05 PM
- Airline stocks are holding up pretty well considering the strong breakout in oil prices over the last two days.
- The sector didn't rally in full force as oil broke to multi-year lows earlier this week, giving it some leeway with today's move. The wild swings in oil prices also brings the question of hedging strategy back into play. Strategic bets may prime earnings or be a drag depending on timing. American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) doesn't hedge and just rolls with the market. Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) and United Continental (NYSE:UAL) prefer to hedge against a sudden spike in oil.
- The U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEARCA:JETS) is +0.66% on the day, helped in part by a big rally in UAL after its addition to the S&P 500.
Aug. 25, 2015, 12:39 PM
- Airline stocks are getting a nice bounce today as investors can turn their attention back to the sustained drop in jet fuel prices after yesterday's tremors in global equities markets.
- Big gainers include Alaska Air Group (ALK +6%), JetBlue Airways (JBLU +5.1%), American Airlines Group (AAL +4.6%), and Allegiant Travel Group (ALGT +5.1%).
Aug. 21, 2015, 3:31 PM
- Airline stocks fall sharply despite another run lower for oil prices.
- Broader macroeconomic concerns, government probes, and capacity worries are now weighing heavy on the sector.
- It's an odd time for the sector, notes S&P Capital IQ's Jim Corridore. “The airlines are probably doing the best jobs running their businesses in the history of the industry,” notes the analyst.
- Airlines recorded record profit in Q2.
- JetBlue (JBLU -5.4%), American Airlines Group (AAL -4.6%), and Delta Air Lines (DAL -4%) are notable airline decliners today.
- Related ETF: JETS.
Aug. 14, 2015, 9:16 AM
- Airline stocks are on watch as U.S. crude oil prices hit their lowest level in six years.
- The sector hasn't rallied with the same vigor as it did with previous swings lower in oil which has some analysts calling for a delayed rally.
- Though many companies left some savings on the table due to hedging activity, fuel cost per mile flown ranged lower by 20% to 45% in the sector during Q2.
- Earlier this week, Raymond James pitched the case that airlines will use fare increases to cover rising labor costs, leaving fuel expense savings for balance sheet moves.
- Related stocks: DAL, UAL, AAL, SAVE, RJET, HA, ALK, JBLU, VA, ALGT, LUV.
- Related ETF: JETS.
Jul. 24, 2015, 7:19 AM
- American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) reports passenger revenue per available seat mile fell 6.9% to $0.1357 in Q2.
- Mainline costs per available seat mile dropped 12.8% to $0.1187 on lower fuel expenses (average fuel price -37.2%).
- Total revenue passenger miles were up 1.1% during the quarter, while available seat miles fell 1.9%.
- Q2 load factor -90 bps to 83.4%.
- AAL +2.09% premarket to $43.50.
Jul. 24, 2015, 7:09 AM
- American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL): Q2 EPS of $2.62 beats by $0.02.
- Revenue of $10.83B (-4.7% Y/Y) misses by $30M.
- Shares +2.79% PM.
Jul. 14, 2015, 11:04 AM
- It's a topsy-turvy day for the airline sector with JetBlue (JBLU +1.5%) impressing with its June traffic numbers and Spirit Airlines (SAVE -8.5%) disappointing with guidance.
- The bigger story might be the forecast on oil prices after the Iran nuclear deal was hammered out.
- Though oil prices haven't moved off dramatically with the timing of excess supply on the market unknown, the development is a long-term consideration for airlines which are looking for a sustained period of lower jet fuel prices.
- Also on the radar, capacity concerns have been dialed back a bit over the last week, while a report yesterday on booming ancillary revenue in the sector painted a bright picture.
- Trading is mixed on Delta Air Lines (DAL +0.2%), American Airlines Group (AAL -0.8%), United Continental (UAL -0.5%), Virgin America (VA -0.4%), Allegiant Trading (ALGT -0.8%), Hawaiian Holdings (HA -0.5%), Alaska Airl Group (ALK +0.4%), Republic Airway (RJET -1.9%), and Southwest Airlines (LUV -0.4%).
- There's always the U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSEARCA:JETS) for a broad sector play.
- Previously: Load factor impresses at JetBlue (Jul. 14 2015)
- Previously: Spirit Airlines cuts 2015 op. margin guidance; shares -4.8% (Jul. 13 2015)
American Airlines Group Inc, through its subsidiaries, operates in the airline industry. The Company has hubs in Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C.
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