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United Continental Holdings, Inc (UAL)

  • Jul. 3, 2014, 7:25 AM
    • IATA reports passenger traffic grew by 6.2% in May, marking a deceleration from the 7.6% growth seen in April.
    • International demand was up 7.0%, while domestic demand rose 4.6%.
    • Growth by region: Asia Pacific +7.3%, Europe +6.1%, North America +4.4%, Middle East +13.2%, Latin America +9.1%, Africa +1.9%.
  • Jul. 2, 2014, 11:43 AM
    • Airline stocks are showing weakness after sector leader Delta disappoints with its report on June PRASM.
    • The sector was due for a little bit of a blowoff, according to many industry insiders. Delta's stance that global capacity is on the rise provided the spark.
    • Decliners: United Continental (UAL) -5.4%, Delta Air Lines (DAL) -4.7%, American Airlines Group (AAL) -3.0%, Allegiant Travel (ALGT) -2.9%, Hawaiian Holdings (HA) -2.2%, JetBlue Airways (JBLU) -2.0%, Alaska Air Group (ALK) -2.0%.
  • Jun. 26, 2014, 9:33 AM
    • "We expect operating results to continue to lag peers," says analyst Bob McAdoo, cutting United Continental (UAL -0.6%) to Neutral with $47 price target (from $55). He notes Q1 pre-tax earnings were shy of Delta and American by about $1B each, and UAL's stock has lagged similarly.
  • Jun. 18, 2014, 3:08 PM
    • Perhaps a surprise, but it's Allegiant Travel (ALGT +1%) that is the airline stock which has generated the best return on invested capital over the last year, according to Deutschce Bank.
    • The industry (AAL, LUV, DAL, UAL) as a whole is still realizing plenty of merger benefits and capacity gains.
    • Though the investment firm is still bullish on most of the group, JetBlue (JBLU -0.1%) and Republic Airways (RJET +0.8%) might present the most upside, reasons DB.
  • Jun. 16, 2014, 2:53 PM
    • United Continental (UAL -1.2%) announces a joint labor agreement between United Airlines dispatchers and a labor union repping transport workers and flight controllers has been struck.
    • The company is tackling negotiations with the Teamsters and a flight attendants' union next.
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  • Jun. 12, 2014, 12:19 PM
    • Airline stocks take another beating after yesterday's warning from Lufthansa on pricing continues to sour the mood on the group and the prospect of higher oil prices crops up with Iraqi in chaos.
    • Regional carriers in the U.S. aren't being spared in the broad sell-off.
    • Decliners: United Continental (UAL) -5.7%, Southwest Airlines (LUV) -4.5%, Delta Air Lines (DAL) -5.1%, JetBlue (JBLU) -3.9%, Alaska Air Group (ALK) -3.4%, American Airlines Group (AAL) -6.4%, Allegiant Travel (ALGT) -3.7%, Hawaiian Holdings (HA) -4.1%.
  • Jun. 11, 2014, 10:39 AM
    • A revised outlook from Lufthansa (DLAKY) is pressuring other airline stocks today.
    • Pricing competition from Middle East carriers on long hauls to and from Europe is a rising concern for Lufthansa and creating a ripple effect for other routes.
    • Decliners: Delta Air Lines (DAL) -3.6%, Alaska Air Group (ALK) -2.0%, United Continental (UAL) -3.7%, Hawaiian Holdings (HA) -2.5%, American Airlines (AAL) -2.9%.
  • Jun. 10, 2014, 11:00 AM
    • United Continental (UAL -1.7%) will become the latest airliner to change its frequent-flier award plan to pivot on prices rather than miles.
    • The shift is designed to reward the customers that spend the most money on United flights instead of savvy mileage hoppers.
    • Airline industry analysts saw the carriers could see a minor margin boost from the initiative.
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  • Jun. 9, 2014, 4:21 PM
    • United Continental (UAL) reports consolidated revenue passenger miles increased 1.2% to 18.162B. Latin America routes paced the gains with a 9% rise.
    • The carrier's load factor improved 90 bps to 85.3%.
  • Jun. 9, 2014, 6:06 AM
    • United Continental (UAL) is still facing a series of challenges nearly four years after the deal between United and Continental closed in October 2010. The company faces an outdated fleet, slipping customer satisfaction and unmatched losses compared to its rivals.
    • The company experienced a terrible 2012, after losing a total $723M. Last year, the airline came back with $571M in earnings, but declined again during the first quarter of this year posting a $609M loss.
    • Analysts still expect United Continental to report a profit for the current quarter and year, and many have assigned a "buy" rating. The company's stock did climb 28% this year, although it is still has underperformed compared to it's rivals. Delta's (DAL) share price jumped 55% this year, while American Airlines (AAL) stock has climbed 77%.
  • Jun. 2, 2014, 12:54 PM
    • Airline stock break higher again amid more positive news out of the sector.
    • Morgan Stanley's John Godyn doesn't think it's too late for investors to catch a ride on the high-flyers.
    • The analyst notes channel checks show demand has been strong in Q2 and the underlying capacity trends bode well for profitability.
    • Gainers: United Continental (UAL) +3.4%; Hawaiian Holdings (HA) +2.3%; Allegiant Travel (ALGT) +2.5%; Delta Air Lines (DAL) +1.8%.
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  • Jun. 2, 2014, 8:32 AM
  • May. 28, 2014, 5:22 PM
    • The FAA clears Boeing's (BA) 787 Dreamliner to operate on a wider range of routes, enabling the jet to handle longer oceanic and polar crossings as much as five-and-a-half hours from a suitable landing field in the event of an emergency vs. the three-hour limit since its 2011 launch.
    • The performance extension is especially important for airlines based in the Southern Hemisphere that fly long routes over water; Air New Zealand is set to take delivery of the first of the larger Dreamliner model in the middle of the year.
    • The FAA approval formally applies only to U.S. carriers, and within that group only United Airlines (UAL) now operates the 787, but regulators in other countries typically follow the FAA's lead.
  • May. 28, 2014, 10:17 AM
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  • May. 23, 2014, 5:39 PM
    • United Continental (UAL) hasn't enjoyed the stock gains of competitors such as American Airlines (AAL) and Delta (DAL), but the company's investor meeting convinces Wolfe Research analysts that UAL understands how to address its problems; shares rose 3.7% in toay's trade.
    • Management handled the generally negative tone, Wolfe says, responding with explanations that didn’t sound like excuses - "we left increasingly optimistic that the current management team can turn things around."
    • UAL's gap is "temporary or addressable without more drastic steps of hub closures, but it will take some time," the firm says; for example, UAL flies far more 50-seat regional jets than American and Delta, and putting those down can’t be done overnight.
  • May. 15, 2014, 2:39 PM
    • U.S. airliners flew 52.4M passengers in February, flat growth from the year-ago period.
    • The group showed greater efficiency this year with fewer flights flown during the month.
    • The average flight length also increased during the month which is a boost to profitability for the sector.
    • Related stocks: LUV, UAL, DAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET.
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Company Description
United Continental Holdings Inc transports people and cargo through its mainline operations, which use jet aircraft with at least 118 seats, and its regional operations.
Sector: Services
Industry: Major Airlines
Country: United States