The airline industry has seen quite a shake-up in recent weeks.
airline merger talks
… again. Then the eruption of an Iceland volcano crippled the skies
over Europe. And by the way, consumer spending is still taking a
toll on carriers while all this is going on.
So how can you make sense of this mess in the airline industry?
Are there actually any airline stocks to buy right now?
The short answer is yes. The longer answer is that domestic
carriers are still largely bad news with the exception of
), and the best airline stocks to buy are mostly in emerging
markets like China and Latin America.
China Eastern Airlines
China Southern Airlines
) are two
emerging market airline stocks to buy
It's no secret as to why foreign airlines are doing well.
Business is booming in emerging markets like China and Brazil, and
that means booming business travel both from companies located
there and U.S. companies traveling to these regions to get a piece
of the pie. Also, consumer spending is stronger in markets like
Latin America and Asia even as U.S. air travelers are pinching
Here's a complete sector breakdown of 23 airline stocks to buy
Market Cap (
Portfolio Grader Grade
AAI AirTran Holdings Inc. $0.8 C - Hold ALK Alaska Air Group Inc.
$1.5 A - Strong Buy ALGT Allegiant Travel Co. $1.1 D - Sell AMR AMR
Corp. $2.9 D - Sell CEA China Eastern Airlines Corp. $2.3 B - Buy
ZNH China Southern Airlines Co. $3.8 B - Buy CAL Continental
Airlines Inc. $3.2 C - Hold CPA Copa Holdings S.A. $2.5 B - Buy DAL
Delta Air Lines Inc. $10.9 C - Hold XJT ExpressJet Holdings Inc.
$0.1 B - Buy GOL GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes $1.5 A - Strong Buy
GIA Gulfstream International Group $0.0 F - Strong Sell HA Hawaiian
Holdings Inc. $0.4 D - Sell JBLU JetBlue Airways Corp. $1.9 D -
Sell LFL LAN Airlines S.A. $6.2 A - Strong buy PNCL Pinnacle
Airlines Corp. $0.1 B - Buy RJET Republic Airways Holdings Inc.
$0.2 D - Sell RYAAY Ryanair Holdings PLC $8.7 D - Sell SKYW SkyWest
Inc. $0.8 D - Sell LUV Southwest Airlines Co. $9.9 B - Buy TAM TAM
S/A $1.8 B - Buy UAUA UAL Corp. $3.8 B - Buy LCC US Airways Group
Inc. $1.2 C - Hold
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