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February 7, 2014
06:30 EDTUAL, DAL, AAL, JBLU, LUVU.S. carriers upset by Norwegian Air's cheap flights, NY Times says
Norwegian Air Shuttle's move to offer flights between Europe and the U.S. with much lower fares than competing airlines has American carriers up in arms, according to The New York Times. Critics, including U.S. carries, accuse Norwegian Air of undercutting its competition and unfairly exploiting an open-skies agreement between the United States and Europe, the newspaper stated. Publicly traded airlines include American Airlines (AAL), Delta Air Lines (DAL), JetBlue (JBLU), Southwest (LUV) and United Continental (UAL).Reference Link U.S. carriers upset by Norweigian Air's cheap flights, NY Times says
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April 9, 2014
11:51 EDTAALStocks with call strike movement; AAL GILD
American Airlines (ALL) August 44 call option implied volatility increased 4% to 39, Gilead (GILD) August 80 call option implied volatility decreased 2% to 34 according to IVolatility.
April 8, 2014
17:22 EDTUALUnited Continental reports March consolidated load factor down 1.6 points
United Airlines reported March operational results. UAL's March consolidated traffic, or revenue passenger miles, increased 0.7% and consolidated capacity, or available seat miles, increased 2.7% versus March 2013. UAL's March consolidated load factor decreased 1.6 points compared to March 2013.
16:37 EDTAALAmerican Airlines says 17.23M preferreds to be converted to common stock
American Airlines Group announced that the remaining 17.23M shares of Convertible Preferred Stock will be converted into shares of common stock as of the close of business on April 8. The company said each share of Convertible Preferred Stock mandatorily converted will be converted into 0.7549 shares of common stock, subject to rounding.
09:05 EDTLUVBAE Systems inks contract with Southwest for MRO services
Southwest Airlines (LUV) has selected BAE Systems (BAESY) as its exclusive provider of maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for the full authority digital engine controls on more than 450 737 Next Generation aircraft. Under the five-year agreement, BAE Systems will provide proactive repairs that will improve the availability and reliability of Southwest’s fleet.
08:48 EDTLUVSouthwest reports March RPMs up 1.6% YoY
Southwest Airlines announced that the Company flew 9.6 billion revenue passenger miles, or RPMs, in March, a 1.6% increase from the 9.4B RPMs flown in March 2013. Available seat miles, or ASMs, increased 0.8 % to 11.6B from the March 2013 level of 11.5B. The March 2014 load factor was 82.7%, compared to 82.0% in March 2013. For March passenger revenue per ASM, or PRASM, is estimated to have increased approximately one percent compared to March 2013. For the Q1 the Company flew 24.2B RPMs, compared to 23.8B RPMs flown for the same period in 2013, an increase of 1.7%. Year-to-date ASMs decreased 1.1% to 30.5B from 30.8B for the same period in 2013. The year-to-date load factor was 79.3%, compared to 77.1% for the same period in 2013.
08:04 EDTAALAmerican Airlines sees Q1 operating margin 5%-7%
The company expects Q1 2014 PRASM to be up approximately 2.5%-3.5% versus the same period last year.
08:03 EDTAALAmerican Airlines reports March RPMs up 0.9% YoY
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April 7, 2014
10:32 EDTDAL, AAL, UAL, JBLUAirline stocks rally after Goldman ups sector rating
Airline stocks are rising in a down market after Goldman Sachs raised its rating on the sector to Attractive from Neutral. WHAT'S NEW: Although airline stocks have already outperformed the market, it's not too late for investors to get involved in the sector, Goldman wrote in a note to investors earlier today. Not yet priced into the stock are higher ticket prices, more crowded planes, and a recovering U.S. consumer, according to the firm. It initiated coverage of American Airlines (AAL) with a Buy rating and upgraded its rating on JetBlue (JBLU) to Neutral from Sell. Goldman kept Buy ratings on Delta (DAL) and United Continental (UAL). PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, American Airlines rose 1.25% to $37, JetBlue added 0.6% to $8.80, Delta gained 2% to $35.30, and United Continental lost 0.5% to $44.65.
10:00 EDTAALOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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10:00 EDTJBLUOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Agios Pharmaceuticals (AGIO) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Alcoa (AA) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... Align Technology (ALGN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Barrington... Analog Devices (ADI) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... B&G Foods (BGS) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Citigroup (C) upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at HSBC... Intel (INTC) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at Pacific Crest... JetBlue (JBLU) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Kindred Healthcare (KND) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Lennox (LII) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Wells Fargo... Newmont Mining (NEM) upgraded to Hold from Sell at Deutsche Bank... PBF Energy (PBF) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup... Renasant (RNST) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Select Medical (SEM) upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Ultra Petroleum (UPL) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Under Armour (UA) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Sterne Agee... Hercules Technology (HTGC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Sandler ONeill... Standard Pacific (SPF) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at Raymond James... Yelp (YELP) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Netflix (NFLX) upgraded to Outperform from Perform at Oppenheimer... Pandora (P) upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Wedbush.
07:09 EDTUAL, AAL, LUV, DAL, JBLUAirline quality study shows customer complaint improvement, Reuters says
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06:23 EDTDALDelta Air Lines to equip flight attendants with Nokia Lumia 1520
Delta Air Lines (DAL) this fall will equip more than 20,000 flight attendants with handheld Nokia (NOK) Lumia 1520 phablets, which will serve as their on-board manual and in-flight sales device as well as a platform for future, more personalized in-flight customer service. The Lumia 1520 features a larger format, 6-inch screen and will replace the smaller Lumia 820 already in the hands of Delta on-board professionals.
06:14 EDTLUV, UAL, AAL, JBLU, DALAirlines sector upgraded to Attractive from Neutral at Goldman
Goldman upgraded the Airlines sector to Attractive from Neutral based on a more bullish views on the cycle and improving demand. The analyst believes consensus estimates underestimate pricing, which will boost multiples. As part of the sector change, the firm initiated American Airlines (AAL) with a Buy rating and upgraded JetBlue (JBLU) to Neutral from Sell.
06:10 EDTJBLUJetBlue upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
Goldman upgraded JetBlue citing improving domestic pricing prospects. Price target is$10.50.
06:09 EDTAALAmerican Airlines initiated with a Buy at Goldman
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April 4, 2014
08:29 EDTLUVSouthwest valuation among cheapest in group, says Barclays
Barclays said Southwest's valuation is among the cheapest in the group and that its leverage to the domestic market is appealing. Shares are Overweight rated with a $28 price target, up from $26.
06:43 EDTDALDelta looking for offers from Boeing, Airbus for new jets, WSJ reports
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April 3, 2014
15:12 EDTJBLUJetBlue CEO says company has no plans to merge
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14:44 EDTDALDelta may replace existing Boeing jets with new widebodies, Reuters says
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06:23 EDTDALDelta Air Lines volatility near historic low, shares as shares near record high
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