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  • Can These Airline Stocks Lift Your Portfolio?

    By Brian Hill - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: DAL, JBLU, SKYW

    In June, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) forecast a 67% increase in profits for the global airline industry in 2013 to $12.7 billion. Passenger traffic will be up more than 5%, the IATA said, and airline occupancy will reach record levels of 80.3%, up more than 1% from last year.

    Airlines coped with the rough times of the last few years by aggressively cutting costs and restructuring more »

  • Were Allegiant Travel's Results Really That Bad?

    By Mark Holder - July 25, 2013 | Tickers: ALGT, RJET, SKYW

    A day after absorbing an 11% loss, Allegiant Travel (NASDAQ: ALGT) shareholders should spend a minute reviewing the results that caused the selloff. Were the second quarter numbers really bad enough to justify the stock plunge?

    The company focuses on low-cost travel to leisure destinations and has seen a dramatic stock increase since the middle of 2011.

    Before digging too much into the numbers, it is worth reviewing the headlines more »

  • This Airline Could Fly High

    By Vladimir Zernov - July 10, 2013 | Tickers: JBLU, RJET, SKYW

    This year has been a good one for the airlines. Most airline stocks have enjoyed a healthy upside.

    Among regional airlines, the best performer to date has been Republic Airways Holdings (NASDAQ: RJET), the owner of Frontier Airlines and Republic Airlines. The stock is already up a whopping 104% this year, but I think that it has even more room to grow.

    Relatively cheap

    Despite the recent rise in price more »

  • Regionals Airlines, the next decade

    By Jens Schwarte - July 7, 2013 | Tickers: DAL, SKYW, UAL

    Today buying a ticket on Delta (NYSE:DAL) often means buying a ticket on Sky West (NASDAQ:SKYW). The American success story, known as regional airlines have been growing right under our noses for decades.

    Early regional airlines were truly regional, flying 19 passenger turbo props on 90 mile hops. At the early stages regional airlines flew what would be considered "at risk flying". Revenue actually came from passenger tickets more »

  • Prepare to Benefit From a Sell-Off in the Airlines

    By Damon Churchwell - June 28, 2013 | Tickers: ALK, JBLU, SKYW

    Shares of a few mid-sized passenger airlines have tumbled to various degrees over the past couple of months, declining from peaks reached earlier this year. I believe that the fundamentals for these point-to-point or regional carriers have not changed dramatically, particularly for the long haul. The current operating environment remains favorable, with jet-fuel prices having edged down a bit. It appears that overall market jitters can be blamed for the more »

  • 3 Companies for Your Growth Portfolio

    By Robinson Roacho - June 26, 2013 | Tickers: ALK, DAL, SKYW

    Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK) has outperformed the S&P 500 for the past 12 months. Recently, the stock fell more than 20% due to recurring global economic concerns. However, I believe that the company has a strong business plan, and this dip presents a huge opportunity to expose your portfolio to the airline industry.

    A solid business plan

    The company trades with a P/E of 11.9, below more »

  • What Do Airlines Actually Do? Part Two: Regional Flights

    By Alexander MacLennan - June 21, 2013 | Tickers: DAL, RJET, SKYW

    Many travelers have never heard of the names SkyWest (NASDAQ: SKYW), Republic Airways (NASDAQ: RJET), or Pinnacle Airlines. Yet, chances are that if you regularly fly on regional flights you have flown on these airlines, or one of many similar regional carriers, at one time or another.

    Different airline, same colors

    Travelers who don’t realize that their regional flight is operated by a separate carrier are not alone. While more »

  • Dividends From the Sky

    By Alexander MacLennan - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: DAL, SKYW, LUV, WJA

    At first, the idea would seem to be a bit of a joke. Airlines paying dividends? How could this be done in such a capital-intensive, yet not historically stable, industry? But a select few airlines pay their shareholders a dividend. Here, we will take a look at what these airline dividends mean.

    Four rather different airlines

    In this industry, dividend-paying is the exception, not the rule, because of the need more »

  • A Book Value Comparison Creates Two Different Camps of Airlines

    By Alexander MacLennan - June 19, 2013 | Tickers: DAL, RJET, SKYW, UAL, LCC

    Among the valuation measures investors use to analyze a company’s stock is book value. This value gives investors an approximate feel for what the company would be worth if sold off piece by piece with all parts valued near their full amount. Of course, there are some flaws with this technique; companies can artificially inflate book value or book value does not always fully reflect a company’s potential more »

  • A New Business Strategy for Airlines to Increase Profits

    By Robinson Roacho - May 28, 2013 | Tickers: DAL, RJET, SKYW, LUV

    Airline stocks have outperformed the market after a long curse. It was not uncommon to think about airline companies as the worst possible investment ever. However, most of them have been rallying this year, easily outperforming the S&P 500. Republic Airways (NASDAQ: RJET) and SkyWest (NASDAQ: SKYW) are two regional airlines of roughly the same valuation by market capitalization.

    However, Republic Airways has rallied 90% year-to-date, while SkyWest has more »

  • Airline Stocks: Immense Value or Trap?

    By Jacob Wolinsky - April 6, 2013 | Tickers: PHII, SKYW, LUV

    Airline stocks have long been shunned by value investors given the high degree of cyclicality involved. However, it appears to be changing if one takes a looks at the recent performance of air carriers such as SkyWest (NASDAQ: SKYW), Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), and PHI (NASDAQ: PHII).

    Airline companies are not only flying fuller planes, but they also seem to have understood the importance of managing debt levels – two of more »

  • Airline Stocks: Immense Value or Trap?

    By Jacob Wolinsky - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: PHII, SKYW, LUV

    Airline stocks have long been shunned by value investors given the high degree of cyclicality involved. However, it appears to be changing if one takes a looks at the recent performance of air carriers such as SkyWest (NASDAQ: SKYW), Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), and PHI (NASDAQ: PHII).

    Airline companies are not only flying fuller planes but they also seem to have understood the importance of managing debt levels – two of more »

  • Smaller Airline Stocks Could Take Flight

    By Damon Churchwell - March 4, 2013 | Tickers: ALGT, SKYW, SAVE

    Passenger transportation companies with growth strategies can make for attractive investments when demand is trending favorably. Under the auspices of a growing market for short-haul flights, or those between cities without major airports, there is potential for certain entities to thrive. Take a look at just some of the air transport providers that may benefit from such a situation. The primary risk is that of excess expansion, resulting in overcapacity more »

  • Remember Pinnacle Airlines? Delta Does

    By Alexander MacLennan - January 14, 2013 | Tickers: BBD.B, DAL, SKYW, LCC

    Editor's Note: Delta acquired Comair in the late 1990's, not 1980's. This version has been corrected and Motley Fool apologizes for the error.

    After declaring bankruptcy due to a sluggish economy and rising debt levels, Pinnacle Airlines appears to be the next course in Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) acquisition feast. In an industry with a major consolidation trend, Delta has made its mark acquiring Northwest Airlines more »

  • No Merger of Equals for US Airways

    By Alexander MacLennan - December 28, 2012 | Tickers: DAL, SKYW, LUV, UAL, LCC

    It's no secret that US Airways (NYSE: LCC) is aiming to buy bankrupt American Airlines. In a conference call management did not want to answer merger related questions but it became the prime topic of the discussion anyway. And it makes sense why so many people would care. This would be one of, if not the biggest, events in US Airways history. But as much as the discussion is more »

  • Dividends From a Legacy Airline

    By Alexander MacLennan - December 17, 2012 | Tickers: CHR.B, DAL, SKYW

    After doing everything from buying up teen-aged MD-90s, purchasing an oil refinery, and acquiring a 49 percent stake in Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) looks like it's ready to shake up the image of a legacy airline again. On Dec. 12, the Wall Street Journal reported Delta's CEO Richard Anderson is looking to begin returning cash to shareholders in 2014. While Delta's more »

  • Is It Time to Get On Board this Regional Airline?

    By Alexander MacLennan - December 3, 2012 | Tickers: DAL, SKYW, UAL

    We all know of the problems and risks associated with legacy airlines. From labor negotiations, to massive debt loads, to volatile fuel costs, these legacy airlines carry many risks most investors would rather not deal with. But for these investors there is a way to invest in a rebound in air travel while at least lessening their exposure to these risks.

    The Airline You May Have Unknowingly Flown On

    If more »

  • Singapore Airlines Scoots Into Budget Travel

    By Peter Pham - November 12, 2012 | Tickers: EFA, EWEF.DL, SKYW

    Singapore Airlines, which has significant representation in the Guggenheim MSCI EAFE Equal Weight ETF (UNKNOWN: EWEF.DL), has acquired a 10% stake in Virgin Australia for $108 million. The Australian airline industry is currently lead by the local carrier Qantas Airways. Virgin Australia, a part of Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, is looking to capture greater market share in the Australian airline industry where it is the second biggest carrier.

    Both more »