Today, 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)
Fri, Oct. 23, 3:29 PM
- United Airlines (UAL +5.7%) says it reached a tentative deal with its mechanics union on a first joint labor contract since the combination of United and Continental Airlines, a step toward improving UAL's rocky labor relations.
- The deal with the Teamsters would boost top pay immediately by 25% to an industry-leading $46.15/hour and result in 33% higher pay by the end of the six-year contract, says UAL's VP of maintenance operations.
- The agreement, which still must be approved by the ~8,600 mechanics, comes after more than three years of negotiations; while mechanics from the two subsidiaries have long been able to work interchangeably on aircraft in the combined fleet, they did not have a single contract even though both branches are represented by the Teamsters union.
Fri, Oct. 9, 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.
Thu, Sep. 17, 11:47 AM
- United Continental (UAL +6.3%) trades higher after working out a credit card deal with Visa and Chase Card Services to extend a current partnership,
- The new agreement is forecast by Cowen and Company to add a dollar to UAL's 2016 EPS. UBS thinks the arrangement adds $5 to shares on a longer view.
- Last year, United brought in $2.9B in sales of miles to banks.
Wed, Sep. 9, 11:16 AM
- A management shakeup at United Continental (UAL +0.2%) isn't causing any sense of panic with investors or analysts as most are taking an optimistic view the reset could improve the company's financial performance.
- Investment firms Cowen, Raymond James, and Credit Suisse have all issued positive comments on the long-term impact of the development.
- Shares of UAL are +0.31% today to trail most airline peers by a bit.
- Previously: United Airlines CEO Smisek resigns; CSX exec named successor (Sept. 8)
Fri, Aug. 28, 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.
Fri, Aug. 28, 9:53 AM
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Thu, Aug. 27, 5:39 PM
- Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) will replace Pall Corp. (NYSE:PLL), and United Continental (NYSE:UAL) will replace Hospira (NYSE:HSP) in the S&P 500 after the close of trading on Aug. 28 and Sept. 2, respectively.
- S&P 500 member Danaher is acquiring Pall, and Hospira is being acquired by Pfizer.
- ATVI +6.3%, UAL +6.8% AH.
Thu, Aug. 27, 5:39 PM
Fri, Aug. 14, 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.
Thu, Jul. 23, 8:44 AM
- United Continental (NYSE:UAL) reports consolidate passenger revenue fell 3.4% to $8.7B in Q2.
- Ancillary revenue increased 6.7% Y/Y.
- Passenger revenue growth by region: U.S. +0.2%, Atlantic -6.4%, Pacific -6.9%, Latin America -4.9%.
- Passenger revenue per available seat mile fell 5.6%.
- Aircraft fuel expense -32.1% to $2.106B.
- The company authorizes a new $3B buyback program.
- Previously: United Continental EPS in-line, misses on revenue
- UAL +2.21% premarket to $58.33.
Tue, Jul. 14, 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)
Mon, Jul. 6, 2:15 PM
- Believing its merger integration work is now "in the seventh inning" and that margin/cash flow growth is in store, CRT Capital's Michael Derchin has upgraded United Continental (NYSE:UAL) to Buy, and set a $70 target.
- Derchin cites UAL's recent decision to suspend its money-losing transcontinental service at New York's JFK Airport and redeploy assets to its profitable Newark hub as an example of its "proactive focus on cost control and revenue enhancement programs." Larger buybacks and an improving Q3/Q4 revenue outlook are seen as potential catalysts.
- The upgrade comes 5 days after UAL and other airline stocks sold off in response to news of a DOJ price-collusion probe.
Wed, Jul. 1, 2:31 PM
- A DOJ spokeswoman states the agency is probing potential "unlawful coordination" between some airlines. The AP states a document obtained by the news service indicates the DOJ is "investigating whether airlines are colluding to grow at a slower pace as part of an effort to keep airfares high." No word yet on which airlines are being probed.
- Airline stocks have sold off in response. Decliners include United Continental (UAL -4.3%), American Airlines (AAL -4.1%), Southwest (LUV -4.5%), Delta (DAL -4.2%), Alaska Air (ALK -1.7%), Hawaiian Holdings (HA -4.8%), JetBlue (JBLU -5%), Spirit Airlines (SAVE -3.1%), SkyWest (SKYW -4.1%), and Virgin America (VA -1.9%).
- The U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSE:JETS) is down 2.8%.
Fri, Jun. 19, 10:31 AM
- Airline stocks rally off of a drop in oil prices and a week of declining concerns on unrestrained capacity growth.
- JPMorgan added to sentiment with a positive note on airline stocks in which it called the group oversold recently.
- The read on U.S. fares earlier this week was also positive.
- American Airlines Group (AAL +4.3%), United Continental (UAL +3.5%), Delta Air Lines (DAL +3%), JetBlue (JBLU +2.9%), and Hawaiian Holdings (HA +2.5%) are making the strongest gains in the sector.
- The U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSE:JETS) is up 1.60%.
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