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March 26, 2012
06:25 EDTBAIRY, DLAKY, ZNH, EADSY, UAL, AIRYY, BA, DAL, CEAChina's airlines become international competitors, WSJ reports
China's major airlines are becoming major players on the global stage as they target international passengers and freight, reports the Wall Street Journal. Reference Link
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June 22, 2015
08:52 EDTDLAKYLufthansa to face three months of cabin crew strikes, Bloomberg reports
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08:28 EDTEADSYAirbus dispatches engineers to Zodiac to help overcome delays, Bloomberg says
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07:19 EDTUAL, DALAirlines focusing on upgraded in-flight web services, WSJ reports
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06:18 EDTEADSY, BASuppliers worried about Airbus, Boeing production rate hike, Reuters reports
Major engine suppliers, including General Electric (GE) and Safran, are becoming worried that they may lose out if they invest to meet higher commercial jet production targets from Airbus (EADSY) and Boeing (BA) that may prove unsustainable, Reuters reports. Airbus and Boeing have plans to raise production rates of their best selling single aisle planes by 25% to 50-52 a month in 2017-2018, the report says. Suppliers have said that they need to secure the start of a steep rise in output before making a commitment to even loftier targets, the report says. Reference Link
June 21, 2015
13:03 EDTDAL, UALU.S. airline stocks may rise 15%-50% in one year, Barron's says
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June 19, 2015
16:59 EDTDAL, UALBuckeye, airlines agree to settle FERC disputes
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11:09 EDTDAL, UALDelta 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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10:00 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
10:21 EDTDAL, UALSouthwest, 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.
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 Polarís 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 EDTUAL, DALSouthwest 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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