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January 24, 2014
08:39 EDTLUV, ALK, UALAirines weakness a buying opportunity, says Cowen
Cowen views yesterday's weakness in the airlines as a buying opportunity. The firm believes the industry story remains intact and expects dividend increases, return of capital announcements, and international expansion to act as catalysts in the names they follow which include Outperform rated United Continental (UAL), Alaska Air (ALK), and Southwest Air (LUV).
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June 29, 2015
10:08 EDTUALUnited Continental management to meet with Sterne Agee CRT
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June 26, 2015
12:03 EDTUALUnited Airlines and Azul Brazilian form long-term strategic partnership
United Airlines and Azul Brazilian Airlines announced a new strategic partnership in which United will acquire an approximate 5% stake in Azul, paving the way for the carriers to cooperate on a range of customer benefits including codesharing of flights, expanded connection opportunities on routes between the United States and Brazil, in addition to other points in North and South America, and joint loyalty-program participation. Through a wholly owned subsidiary, United will invest $100M for its economic stake in Azul, which includes one seat on Azul's board of directors. As a result of the partnership, United and Azul will expand their frequent flyer loyalty agreement.
June 25, 2015
11:55 EDTALKAlaska Air management to meet with Evercore ISI
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11:31 EDTLUVAvis Budget and Southwest sign multi-year partnership marketing agreement
Avis Budget (CAR) announced that it has entered into an expanded, new multi-year partnership marketing agreement with Southwest Airlines (LUV) which will enable the company to promote Avis Car Rental, Budget Car Rental and Payless Car Rental offers, products and services to Southwest customers. As part of the new agreement, Avis, Budget and Payless will have advertising placement on the Southwest Airlines website as well as merchandising placement throughout the airline reservation process. The car rental brands will also be featured on airline confirmation pages and pre-trip emails to customers.
07:00 EDTLUVDelta granted temporary space at Dallas airport by Southwest, Reuters reports
While Southwest Airlines (LUV) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) await a resolution of their dispute in court, Southwest is allowing Delta to continue operating five daily flights between Dallas Love Field Airport and Atlanta, reported Reuters, citing a Delta spokeswoman. A gate-sharing pact between the two is set to expire on July 6, the report noted. Reference Link
June 23, 2015
10:00 EDTALKOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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07:12 EDTLUVSouthwest coverage assumed with an Underweight at Morgan Stanley
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07:11 EDTUALUnited Continental coverage assumed with an Overweight at Morgan Stanley
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07:03 EDTALKAlaska Air upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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June 22, 2015
11:43 EDTUALStocks with call strike movement; AAL UAL
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07:19 EDTUAL, LUVAirlines focusing on upgraded in-flight web services, WSJ reports
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June 21, 2015
13:03 EDTLUV, UALU.S. airline stocks may rise 15%-50% in one year, Barron's says
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June 19, 2015
16:59 EDTUALBuckeye, airlines agree to settle FERC disputes
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11:09 EDTUAL, LUVDelta 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.
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.
June 18, 2015
10:21 EDTUAL, 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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06:58 EDTALKAlaska Air upgraded to Outperform from Neutral at Credit Suisse
Credit Suisse upgraded Alaska Air to Neutral and increased its price target to $78 from $75. The firm believes the worst is behind Alaska Air as competitive capacity adds in Seattle are declining. Credit Suisse expects the company to buyback up to 8% of its market cap in 2015 and said Alaska Air has the best balance between growth, cost controls, and shareholder returns while maintaining an investment grade balance sheet.
05:41 EDTUAL, 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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