3 Reasons Why You Must Hold Onto JetBlue (JBLU) Stock for Now

Despite high operating expenses, JetBlue Airways CorporationJBLU has its share of positives. The carrier has been benefiting from strong passenger traffic. Notably, passenger revenues, accounting for bulk of the top line, increased 8.2% in the first nine months of 2018. Demand for air travel is anticipated to remain strong on the back of tight labor market conditions and a rising disposable income. Clearly, this tailwind is here to stay. For the fourth quarter of 2018, the carrier forecasts total unit revenues (RASM) to rise between 1.5% and 3.5%.

The carrier's efforts to modernize its fleet are also impressive. To this end, in July 2018, it placed an order for 60 Airbus A220-300 planes (previously known as Bombardier CS300). The new, more efficient planes are scheduled to be delivered in the 2020-2025 timeframe. JetBlue has the option to buy 60 more Airbus planes 2025 onward.

Further, the carrier's encouraging shareholder-friendly measures underscore its sound financial position. Last December, the company's board of directors approved a new share repurchase program. The new authorization permits JetBlue to buy back its common stock worth up to $750 million. The company has completed buybacks worth $375 million as of Sep 30 through the two-year program, which commenced on Jan 1, 2018.

JetBlue Airways Corporation Price and Consensus

JetBlue Airways Corporation Price and Consensus | JetBlue Airways Corporation Quote

Owing to these tailwinds, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for JetBlue's fourth-quarter earnings has moved 15.2% north in the last 60 days. Also, the same for 2018 earnings has been revised 2.1% upward. To top it all, the company has a VGM Score of B. Here V stands for Value, G for Growth and M for Momentum and the score is a weighted combination of all three scores. Such a score allows you to eliminate the negative aspects of stocks and select winners.

In light of these positives, we believe, investors should hold onto the JetBlue stock for now.

Zacks Rank & Key Picks

JetBlue carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some better-ranked stocks in the same space are Air France-KLM AFLYY , International Consolidated Airlines Group ICAGY and Spirit Airlines SAVE , each flaunting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .

Shares of Air France-KLM and Spirit have rallied more than 25% and 53%, respectively, in the past six months. Meanwhile, the International Consolidated Airlines stock boasts an impressive earnings history, having trumped the Zacks Consensus Estimate in three of the trailing four quarters with an average beat of 92.9%.

Today's Stocks from Zacks' Hottest Strategies

It's hard to believe, even for us at Zacks. But while the market gained +21.9% in 2017, our top stock-picking screens have returned +115.0%, +109.3%, +104.9%, +98.6%, and +67.1%.

And this outperformance has not just been a recent phenomenon. Over the years it has been remarkably consistent. From 2000 - 2017, the composite yearly average gain for these strategies has beaten the market more than 19X over. Maybe even more remarkable is the fact that we're willing to share their latest stocks with you without cost or obligation.

See Them Free>>

Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report

JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU): Free Stock Analysis Report

International Consolidated Airlines Group SA (ICAGY): Free Stock Analysis Report

Spirit Airlines, Inc. (SAVE): Free Stock Analysis Report

Air France-KLM SA (AFLYY): Free Stock Analysis Report

To read this article on click here.

Zacks Investment Research

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

The views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.

In This Story


Other Topics


Latest Markets Videos


    Zacks is the leading investment research firm focusing on stock research, analysis and recommendations. In 1978, our founder discovered the power of earnings estimate revisions to enable profitable investment decisions. Today, that discovery is still the heart of the Zacks Rank. A wealth of resources for individual investors is available at

    Learn More