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Feb. 19, 2015, 9:48 AM
- Strong gains across the airline sector after oil prices move in the right direction after inventories increase.
- What to watch: The West Coast port slowdown is now a factor in the jet fuel market (Platts breakdown).
- Gainers: Republic Airways (NASDAQ:RJET) +4.7%, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) +4.1%, JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) +3.9%, Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) +2.6%, United Continental (NYSE:UAL) +2.8%, American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) +2.1%, United Continental (UAL) +2.5%, Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ:SAVE) +2.6%, Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA) +2.1%, Allegiant Travel (NASDAQ:ALGT) +1.8%, Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) +1.2%.
Feb. 7, 2015, 7:00 AM
- Airline stocks have been on a tear over the last six months with plunging oil prices helping to lower costs for carriers.
- A SA scan within the sector of share price gain in relation to Q4 fuel expense declines (Y/Y) is one way to measure which stocks in the sector are getting the biggest boost from the energy market developments (jet fuel price chart).
- Four airlines saw a share price multiplier of over 4X their fuel cost drop-off percentage: Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV), Allegiant Travel (NASDAQ:ALGT), JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU), and Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA).
- United Continental (NYSE:UAL) and Alaska Airlines (NYSE:ALK) were in the next group with a multiple of 3.907 and 3.169, respectively.
- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) lagged with a multiple of 1.893. Don't blame the company's Trainer refinery which earned a profit of $105M in Q4. Concerns on weak demand in Asia may be the culprit.
- American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) trailed the sector with a 1.786 multiple, despite a spot-on strategy of scrapping fuel hedging just ahead of the oil market collapse, as integration complexity remains in the background.
- Virgin America, Spirit Airlines, Republic Airways Holdings, and SkyWest Airlines haven't reported Q4 earnings yet, so they weren't included in the comparison.
Feb. 4, 2015, 3:09 PM
- The sharp move lower in crude oil prices isn't going unnoticed by airline investors.
- Wild daily gyrations in airline stocks have become the norm due to the lack of consensus over the direction of jet fuel prices from current levels and the implications on travel demand from a low oil price environment.
- Airline stocks making the most dramatic moves: United Continental (UAL +5.8%), American Airlines Group (AAL +4.3%), Spirit Airlines (SAVE +4.3%), Republic Airways (RJET +4.0%).
- Also rallying: Southwest Airlines (LUV +3.6%), JetBlue (JBLU +3.9%), Allegiant Travel (ALGT +3.6%), Hawaiian Holdings (HA +3%), Delta Air Lines (DAL +2.5%), Alaska Air Group (ALK +2.4%).
- Virgin American (VA +0.4%) is snoozing the news.
Feb. 3, 2015, 2:46 PM
- Another strong jump in oil prices has tripped up airline stocks again.
- The outlier in the group is Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA) which has managed a 0.2% gain.
- The sector is coming off a Q4 where most companies realized a double-digit decline in fuel expenses with no give back on airfares.
- Decliners: Republic Airways (NASDAQ:RJET) -1.1%, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) -1.1%, Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) -1.0%, Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) -3.1%, Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) -3.0%, American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) -2.4%, Allegiant Travel (NASDAQ:ALGT) -3.2%, JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) -2.1%, United Continential (NYSE:UAL) -2.3%.
Feb. 2, 2015, 3:02 PM
- Airline stocks retreat after oil prices make a strong move higher.
- Despite the ups and downs in the sector as developments with the oil market dominates headlines, more analysts are jumping aboard the long-term story on airlines on earnings growth potential and cash flow allocation plans.
- Today it was Raymond James coming in with upgrades on Delta Air Lines , Spirit Airlines (SAVE +1%), and United Continental to a Strong Buy.
- Decliners: Republic Airways (NASDAQ:RJET) -3.8%, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) -3.0%, Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) -2.7%, Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) -2.5%, Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) -1.9%, American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) -1.7%, Allegiant Travel (NASDAQ:ALGT) -1.5%, JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) -1.4%, United Continential (NYSE:UAL) -1.2%.
Jan. 28, 2015, 4:02 PM
- Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ:ALGT): Q4 EPS of $1.83 beats by $0.11.
- Revenue of $278.95M (+17.0% Y/Y) beats by $2.86M.
- Shares -0.18%.
Jan. 27, 2015, 5:35 PM| Jan. 27, 2015, 5:35 PM | 4 Comments
Jan. 22, 2015, 9:31 AM
- Airline stocks are set to rally as news from the sector continues to be favorable.
- Double-digit fuel cost declines. Check.
- Fares holding. Check.
- Passenger revenue miles outpacing capacity gains. Check.
- Analyst ratings and EPS upgrades. Check.
- Related stocks: LUV, UAL, DAL, AAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET, VA.
Jan. 20, 2015, 7:41 AM
- U.S. airlines are expected to return more cash to shareholders this year and pay down debt with the money saved from lower fuel expenses.
- The carriers may also use the improvement on their balance sheet to push for better financing terms on new aircraft purchases.
- A significant drop in airfares is lower on the list with demand in the U.S. at a strong level.
- Related stocks: VA, LUV, UAL, DAL, AAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET.
- Previously: Airline math: Jet fuel down 30%, fares down 5% (Jan. 16 2015)
Jan. 16, 2015, 9:43 AM
- The airline fares component of CPI fell 4.7% Y/Y in December after increasing in both October and November.
- The spot price for jet fuel has dropped by more than 30% over the same time period (chart).
- Hedging strategies vary widely by airline and come into play when estimating profits in the sector.
- Previously: Hedge your bets on airliners (Dec. 23 2014)
- Related stocks: VA, LUV, UAL, DAL, AAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET.
Jan. 13, 2015, 7:58 AM
- Cowen Research's Helane Becker takes a positive view on pricing in the airline sector for 2015 on her view domestic demand will stay strong enough to keep the pressure off of airlines to drop fares.
- A gauge of recent comments by airline execs seems to indicate the analyst is correct and airfares will be held largely level - despite the sharp drop in oil prices.
- Delta Air Lines CEO: "It’s wonderful that fuel has run down–we love it. There’s a $2 billion opportunity out there if we hold fare levels constant."
- American Airlines Group CEO: "...we don’t have plans to go off and just proactively cut fares."
- Southwest Airlines CEO: "What I would not want to do to customers is take them through the same volatile ride with fares [as 2008], lowered in one day, raised in the next day."
- U.S. carriers: LUV, UAL, DAL, AAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET, VA.
Jan. 7, 2015, 2:25 PM
- Despite the brisk rally in airline stocks, Credit Suisse thinks there is plenty of upside still left.
- "The market has been hesitant to fully price in benefits from the rapid fuel decline and consensus has yet to fully adjust for lower fuel," reads the optimistic CS note.
- Analysts with the firm tap United Continental (NYSE:UAL) as their top sector pick.
- Airline stocks: LUV, DAL, AAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET, VA.
Jan. 5, 2015, 3:18 PM
- ETF Series Solutions is planning a new ETF based on the airliner sector.
- The fund will hold 25 to 40 airline stocks and attempt to mirror the U.S. Global Jets Index.
- The development comes with airline stocks on a tear after jet fuel prices dropped sharply.
- Two former airline ETFs (FLYX and FAA) didn't survive long enough to cruise through the rally.
- Airline stocks: RYAAY, OTCPK:CPCAY, OTCPK:SINGY, CEA, ZNH, CPA, GOL, LFL, LUV, UAL, DAL, AAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET, RYAAY, CPA, GOL, LFL, AVH, SAVE, VLRS.
- SEC Form N-1A
Dec. 31, 2014, 10:07 AM
- Airline stocks are in rally mode again off of momentum driven by the latest slide in oil prices.
- Southwest Airlines (LUV +2.2%) is poised to end the year as the top performing stock of the S&P 500 Index with a +125% rip.
- Though jet fuel hedging strategies vary widely throughout the sector, a prolonged period of lower oil prices will allow all carriers to realize a benefit.
- Gainers: Republic Airways (NASDAQ:RJET) +4.4%, United Continental (NYSE:UAL) +2.4%, Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA) +1.9%, JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) +1.8%, Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) +1.7%, Allegiant Travel (NASDAQ:ALGT) +1.6%, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) +1.6%, SkyWest (NASDAQ:SKYW) +1.4%.
- Previous: Hedging strategies by airline
Dec. 23, 2014, 7:25 PM
- It’s pretty clear why many energy stocks are hurting amid falling crude oil prices, but Morgan Stanley has researched across industries to determine some less clear-cut winners and losers.
- Airlines consume huge amounts of fuel, but the firm says American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) and Allegiant Travel (NASDAQ:ALGT) should benefit more than most from lower oil prices since they do not hedge the price of fuel to reduce price volatility.
- Among autos, Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) draws concern because "lower-for-longer oil certainly hurts the case for mass-market adoption of electric vehicles.”
- Since lower gas prices should reduce shipping costs, Stanley sees the benefit trickling into Q1 per-unit shipping costs at Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN).
- The firm likes Monster Beverage (NASDAQ:MNST) on the idea that Americans getting cheaper gas might be more ready to splurge on energy drinks, and gas stations and convenience stores account for 75% of MNST’s sales.
- Among apparel companies and retailers, Stanley likes brands that are most popular with lower-income consumers, who they believe are most likely to put the money they save into new purchases: PLCE, FL, FINL, BWS, SKUL, ARO, BURL, ROST.
Dec. 23, 2014, 10:06 AM
- The type of hedging strategies used by airliners will play a big part in profitability in the sector after the sharp drop in jet fuel prices.
- Delta Airlines (NYSE:DAL) estimates it keeps about 65% of the drop in fuel costs, but will owe $800M to counterparties (the other side of the hedge) if oil is 20% lower on December 31, 2015 from where it stood on October 1, 2014. By Delta's estimation, a penny drop in oil prices is a net $40M to the good side.
- Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) forecasts it will reap $0.80 for every $1 drop in oil prices, but disclosed a $615M liability to creditors if crude oil prices stay below 25% from the level of September 30.
- American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) will realize the full impact from the drop in fuel costs on its bottom line due to the decision by the company not to hedge at all.
- Other airliners could also have some hedging exposure, although details are light on the strategies employed in the sector.
- What to watch: Q1 reports and conference calls in the sector could be key in filling in some of the blanks. Related stocks: UAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET, VA.
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