Mon, Jan. 5, 9:22 AM
- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) reports passenger revenue per available seat miles fell 4.5% in December.
- The carrier's load factor was down 150 bps to 83.7% as capacity for both domestic and international routes moved higher during the month.
- Delta blames a calendar effect for part of the PRASM slip.
- DAL +0.7% premarket.
Dec. 31, 2014, 3:54 PM
- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) agrees to use its own pilots on trips to London, instead of outsourcing work to Virgin Atlantic.
- The decision could help appease Delta pilots ahead of contract talks.
- Delta owns 49% of Virgin Atlantic.
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, 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.
Dec. 23, 2014, 8:26 AM
- U.S. airliners as a group showed a 2.6% gain to 16.40 (cents) in fares earned per revenue passenger mile in November, according to data from Airlines for America.
- A 4.0% Y/Y increase for the metric on domestic routes offset a 1.4% decline in international flights.
- The YTD mark is up 2.3% to 16.53.
- Related stocks: ALK, AAL, DAL, JBLU, LUV, UAL.
Dec. 19, 2014, 6:41 AM| 2 Comments
Dec. 16, 2014, 4:02 PM
- The DOT will evaluate if Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) should be allowed to keep the landing slot rights for the Seattle to Tokyo Haneda route due to the carrier's limited number of flights into the Japanese airport, according to The Dallas Morning News.
- The development could be positive for American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) and Hawaiian Airlines (NASDAQ:HA) which both want to add flights to Haneda.
Dec. 15, 2014, 3:14 PM
- Senator Charles Schumer calls on the DOT to probe the airline industry for the high level of airfares despite the drop in jet fuel costs and booming airliner profits.
- By most tabulations, airfares have held steady over the last few weeks.
- Previously: IATA: Profits to rise 26% for airliners in 2015 (Dec. 10 2014)
- U.S. carriers: LUV, UAL, DAL, AAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET, VA.
Dec. 12, 2014, 8:20 AM
- Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) is set to realize an "all in" cost jet fuel cost of $2.40-$2.50 per gallon after hedging and refinery impacts are factored in, according to a presentation by the company yesterday.
- The forecast assumes a drop in jet fuel prices to $2.10-$2.15 per gallon.
- Slides in the presentation indicated that a penny swing in fuel prices is worth a cool $40M to Delta.
- The math on Delta is a little bit more complicated because of its ownership of a refinery in Pennsylvania which factors into the P&L.
- Delta Air Lines Investor Day webcast
Dec. 11, 2014, 10:13 AM
- Delta Air Lines (DAL +3.7%) forecasts pretax income at the carrier will rise to $5B next year.
- The announcement was made as part of Delta's presentation during its Investor Day festivities.
- The company put a number to the impact on the drop in oil prices. Delta expects a $1.7B benefit next year from reduced jet fuel costs.
- Global capacity is expected to rise 2% next year.
- Delta Investor Day webcast
Dec. 10, 2014, 8:36 AM
- IATA forecasts airline profits will rise 10.6% Y/Y to $19.9B this year.
- The outlook from the research firm for 2015 is for 25.6% jump in profit to $25B.
- Consumers can expect to see a 5.1% decline in airfares next year, while cargo shippers should pay 5.8% less.
- On a per-passenger basis, IATA thinks the the airline industry will show a net profit of $7.08 in 2015 vs. $6.02 in 2014 and $3.38 in 2013.
- The profit gains are tied to lower oil prices and improved GDP numbers across key sections of the globe.
- Airline stocks: AAL, UAL, DAL, RYAAY, OTCPK:CPCAY, OTCPK:SINGY, CEA, ZNH, CPA, GOL, LFL, OTCPK:DLAKF, AIDIF, OTCPK:QUBSF, JBLU,ALK, HA, OTCPK:AIRYY, OTCPK:MLYAF, OTCQX:AFLYY, VLRS, LUV, RJET, SAVE, ALGT, VA.
Dec. 8, 2014, 7:32 AM| 7 Comments
Dec. 4, 2014, 10:02 AM
- Another big day for airline stocks is setting up with oil prices losing their footing again.
- A positive note from JPMorgan on sector capacity trends is also helping to boost sentiment.
- Gainers: Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) +2.8%, American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) +3.2%, Hawaiian Holdings (NASDAQ:HA) +6.5%, United Continental (NYSE:UAL) +5.4%, Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) +2.9%, JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) +2.9%, Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) +2.2%, Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ:SAVE) +1.7%, Republix Airways (NASDAQ:RJET) +0.8%, Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA) +1.6%.
Dec. 2, 2014, 7:05 PM
- Airline stocks fell today despite another drop in crude oil prices, as investors reacted to Delta Air Lines' (NYSE:DAL) November traffic numbers with disappointment.
- Wolfe Research’s Hunter Keay expected November PRASM growth of ~6% instead of the actual 4.5%, as traffic on the Sunday after Thanksgiving - the year's biggest travel day - fell Y/Y, and DAL did not comment on international, which the analyst thinks implies continued softness.
- This was the second straight month that DAL did not update fuel guidance, which is not customary and adds to Keay's belief that falling oil might not be as much of a help for DAL as some of its peers.
Dec. 2, 2014, 9:15 AM| 6 Comments
Nov. 29, 2014, 10:29 AM
- Analysts with Gasbuddy.com predict some gas stations in the U.S. will offer $2 per gallon gas by Christmas.
- The last time the average price of gas in the U.S. was below $2 was in March of 2009.
- Forecasts from economists vary widely on the overall gas benefit to consumers for Q4. The high end from the group is an outlook of $300 per household, while the low end is closer to $100.
- Most analysts see an immediate lift for retail chains with large distribution channels. Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Target (NYSE:TGT), Costco (NASDAQ:COST), Dollar General (NYSE:DG), Family Dollar (NYSE:FDO), Dollar Tree (NASDAQ:DLTR), Big Lots (NYSE:BIG), and Five Below (NASDAQ:FIVE) come to mind.
- Airline stocks (JBLU, DAL, UAL, LUV, AAL, RJET, ALK, HA, ALGT, VA) have already ripped strong gains off the OPEC news, although some see even more long-term upside as forward fuel hedges get reworked.
- A sustained period of low gas prices should lift restaurant stocks (CAKE, CBRL, CMG, DNKN, DPZ, DRI, EAT, JACK, MCD, PNRA, RRGB, RT, SBUX, SONC, WEN, BWLD, THI, BDL, NATH, LUB, BKW, CHUY, BLMN, PZZA, TXRH, DENN, KKD, BBRG, DFRG, BOBE, RUTH, IRG, DIN) say some analysts.
- The gaming sector is (CZR, PNK, BYD, ISLE, CNTY, MCRI, MGM, NYNY) also an off-the-radar pick to bounce.
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