It is earnings season and we are taking a look at the top industries in this earnings spotlight series. Today's report focuses on the airline industry as expectations are definitely high for the space. Not only is the airline sector facing reduced competition and seeing lower fuel prices, but it has a Zacks Industry Rank in the top 40% too.
Five key companies are due up in the days ahead, starting with United Continental (UAL) on Wednesday. Recent estimates have been a bit higher here, but will it be enough to beat out expectations? We take a closer look at the chart and recent performance for some possible clues. We also discuss Southwest Airlines (LUV) and if this low-cost airline can keep its winning streak alive, along with what investors need to watch for this company in the weeks ahead.
There are also two Zacks Rank #4 (Sell) stocks reporting this week, including Hawaiian (HA) and American (AAL). We find out what the trends have been in both, and where investors might be facing more turbulence after their reports.
And finally, investors have Alaska Airlines (ALK) which recently moved to acquire rival Virgin America (VA). Estimates haven't been trending in the right direction for this stock, but buyout news is likely to dominate the headlines for ALK this week, as well as their plans for the new combined company.
Watch the video for more earnings insights and a closer look at the charts for these airline stocks. And make sure to tune in later in the week for more analysis of company reports!
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