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March 12, 2014
08:42 EDTBA, AAL, CIT, UAL, DAL, EADSY, LUV, JBLUCIT Aerospace president says air traffic to rise in Asia, Latin America in FY14
Tony Diaz, president of CIT Aerospace at CIT Group (CIT) said the airline industry, and with it, air traffic, is expected to increase in 2014, with Asia and Latin America representing the fastest growing markets. Diaz said, "After several years of major airline consolidations, the U.S. is ripe for growth. It’s a market where for the last ten years airlines have been more involved in fixing their balance sheets. It’s time for those airlines to re-fleet, so we see a great opportunity to add aircraft in the U.S. Although consolidation in the U.S. is all but over, international consolidation is still expected, which may ultimately benefit consumers. However, near-term concerns about higher fares will be moderated because there is sufficient competition. Low-cost carriers have penetrated virtually every market and can step in if the large airlines increase fares.” CIT’s current order book focuses on new modern technology aircraft, which includes Boeing’s (BA) 787 and 737 Max, Airbus’s (EADSY) A350 and the A320 Neo. On the horizon for the industry is the E2 version of Embraer’s E-Jet and Boeing’s 777x. Diaz said, “The triple seven-x is going to be a large wide-body, long-haul aircraft, which we think will be very successful in the marketplace." Publicly traded companies in the space include American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), JetBlue (JBLU), Southwest (LUV) and United Continental (UAL).
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June 19, 2015
16:00 EDTAALOptions Update; June 19, 2015
iPath S&P 500 VIX Short-Term Futures up 11c to 18.21, Option volume leaders: AAPL TWTR BAC T FB GILD NFLX BABA AAL MU AMZN
11:09 EDTUAL, DAL, AAL, LUV, JBLUDelta climbs following upgrade, reported fare hike
The shares of Delta Air Lines (DAL) are rising after research firm Wolfe Research upgraded the stock to Outperform from Peer Perform in a note to investors earlier today. Additionally, JPMorgan says Delta appears to have instituted a domestic fare increase yesterday. WHAT'S NEW: Delta's new deal with its pilots on profit sharing removes an unknown that had been facing the company, Wolfe wrote. Additionally, the airlines seems to be implementing additional domestic capacity cuts, the firm stated. As a result, Wolfe slightly increased its passenger revenue per available seat mile, or PRASM, estimate for the company. Furthermore, expectations for Delta's Q3 PRASM have dropped significantly, even though the airlines recently said that its PRASM should turn positive in Q4. Consensus estimates for Delta now look "reasonable" for this year and beatable in 2016, according to Wolfe, which set a $62 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: JPMorgan said Delta appears to have instituted an additional, $2 one-way across-the-board domestic fare increase yesterday, following last week's industry-wide increase. The firm sees "no harm" in Delta trying, but adds it would be surprised to see material support from the discounters. JPMorgan said it remains "puzzled" as to why airline industry stock sentiment is so negative since discipline among the companies is "alive and kicking." The firm has an Overweight rating on Delta. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other publicly traded airline operators include American Airlines (AAL), JetBlue (JBLU), Southwest (LUV) and United Continental (UAL). PRICE ACTIOn: In late morning trading, Delta rose 2.5% to $42.38.
11:00 EDTBABoeing ecoDemonstrator 757 expands testing to next phase
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10:58 EDTLUVStocks with call strike movement; LUV BABA
Southwest (LUV) September 40 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 31, Alibaba (BABA) September 95 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 30 according to IVolatility.
10:00 EDTDALOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Aerie Pharmaceuticals (AERI) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Canaccord... Amedisys (AMED) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Consolidated Edison (ED) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Evercore ISI... Delta Air Lines (DAL) upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research... Deutsche Bank (DB) upgraded to Neutral from Underperform at Exane BNP Paribas... EP Energy (EPE) upgraded on better than expected well economics at SunTrust... Encana (ECA) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) upgraded to Buy at BofA/Merrill... Erickson (EAC) upgraded to Outperform from In-Line at Imperial Capital... Fiserv (FISV) upgraded on growth opportunities, margin outlook at Oppenheimer... IPC Healthcare (IPCM) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Jefferies... Mack-Cali Realty (CLI) upgraded on valuation at Stifel... Micron (MU) upgraded to Buy on sustainable margins and capex at Topeka... NuStar Energy (NS) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... NuStar GP Holdings (NSH) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at BofA/Merrill... Ramco-Gershenson (RPT) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Baird... Retail Opportunity (ROIC) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Royal Dutch Shell (RDS.A) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Smith & Wesson (SWHC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Sovran Self Storage (SSS) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Cantor... Springleaf (LEAF) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Macquarie.
09:47 EDTEADSYAirbus plans to resume deliveries of A400M military helicopter, Reuters reports
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09:08 EDTDALDelta Air Lines upgraded to Outperform from Peer Perform at Wolfe Research
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07:43 EDTDALDelta instituted $2 domestic fare increase yesterday, says JPMorgan
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07:00 EDTBAGE Capital Aviation Services launches Boeing 737-800NG program
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05:13 EDTBABoeing, Enter Air announce order for four 737s
Boeing and Enter Air have announced an order for two 737 MAX 8s and two Next-Generation 737-800s. The order, worth more than $400M at current list prices and previously attributed to an unidentified customer, is the first direct order for Boeing from the Polish charter carrier.
June 18, 2015
17:56 EDTEADSYAirbus signs deal with Wizz Air for 110 jets for $14B, Reuters says
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12:44 EDTEADSYAirbus threatens to pull of of European surveillance drone plan, FT reports
Airbus CEO Tom Enders has warned that the aerospace and defense group will quit Europe's plan to build a surveillance drone if the EU continues to place "burdensome" political requirements on multi-national military projects, The Financial Times reports. Reference Link
11:01 EDTJBLUAvis Budget, JetBlue sign preferred partnership agreement
Avis Budget Group (CAR) announced that it has signed a multi-year preferred partnership agreement with JetBlue Airways (JBLU). The new agreement significantly expands the existing marketing affiliation between the two companies, under which Avis Budget Group has served as a partner within JetBlue's TrueBlue loyalty rewards program. Under the new agreement, Avis Budget Group will promote its Avis Car Rental, Budget Car Rental and Payless Car Rental brands, products and services as well as money-saving offers directly to JetBlue customers and TrueBlue members. TrueBlue members and those with Mosaic status will have the opportunity to earn TrueBlue points when renting from Avis, Budget and Payless. The three rental brands will also be featured on JetBlue's online booking channel located at www.jetblue.com so that travelers can conveniently make car rental reservations when purchasing airline tickets.
10:46 EDTAALStocks with call strike movement; FCX AAL
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10:21 EDTDAL, AAL, UAL, LUVSouthwest, Spirit retreat after analysts downgrade shares
Southwest Airlines (LUV) and Spirit Airlines (SAVE) are falling after both airline stocks received downgrades from research firms this morning. Barclays downgraded Southwest, while Credit Suisse cut its rating on Spirit. WHAT'S NEW: Barclays analyst David Fintzen lowered his rating on Southwest to Underweight from Overweight, saying that the stock's valuation is above peer levels even though its outlook is no better than its large competitors. Moreover, the company's margins could drop in 2016 because of its "outsized growth," the analyst warned. Credit Suisse analyst Julie Yates downgraded Spirit Airlines to Neutral from Outperform, as she believes the airlines is facing more aggressive competitor fares. American Airlines (AAL) is offering lower fares than Spirit on five of the latter company's ten top ten routes for travel two months from reservation dates, the analyst stated. Moreover, Spirit's second quarter margins may come in below its guidance and the airline will probably reduce its margin outlook when its reports its Q2 results in late July, Yates predicted. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Barclays' Fintzen was more upbeat on Spirit, continuing to identify it as his top pick among airlines. More broadly, Fintzen remains generally upbeat on airline stocks, predicting that the industry's profitability will be "far more durable" than the market believes. The sector's competition is balanced, and it has increased its capacity and airplane purchases much less than in prior periods of oil price declines, according to Fintzen. Additionally, the airline stocks' multiples remain overly depressed, he believes. He says that the following stock in the sector can climb about 50%: Spirit, American, Delta (DAL), and United (UAL). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Southwest dropped 2.2% to $33.11 and Spirit slid 2.4% to $60.91.
10:01 EDTLUVOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: Arch Capital (ACGL) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at BMO Capital... Bankrate (RATE) downgraded on revenue headwinds at SunTrust... Carter's (CRI) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Sterne Agee CRT... Lumenis (LMNS) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Wells Fargo... Nimble Storage (NMBL) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Wunderlich... Southwest (LUV) downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Barclays... Spirit Airlines (SAVE) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit... Webster Financial (WBS) downgraded to Underweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley.
09:07 EDTLUVWillis Lease, Southwest sign five-year lease support agreement for spare engines
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08:34 EDTBAAtlas Air places additional Boeing 747 Freighter in ACMI service for DHL Express
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (AAWW) announced the placement of an additional Boeing (BA) 747-400 freighter into ACMI service. The aircraft will be operated by Polar Air Cargo Worldwide to expand its express network for the benefit of DHL Express and Polar’s other customers. Operations are scheduled to begin on July 1.
06:54 EDTEADSY, BAAirbus may build longer A350, WSJ says
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05:41 EDTAAL, DAL, UAL, LUVSouthwest downgraded to Underweight from Overweight at Barclays
Barclays analyst David Fintzen downgraded Southwest (LUV) two notches to Underweight from Overweight saying the company has moved from a margin expansion story to an "average" big four airline trading at a premium valuation. Fintzen expects Southwest's growth to normalize in 2016 and cut his price target for shares to $39 from $50. The stock closed yesterday down 7c to $33.84. The analyst coupled the downgrade with an upgrade of Align Technology (ALGN) to Equal Weight. He remains bullish on airlines, with Spirit Airlines (SAVE) remaining his top pick, followed by Delta Air Lines (DAL), American Airlines (AAL) and United Continental (UAL). Fintzen sees 50% average upside in those four names.
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