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Why American Airlines is Falling on Tuesday

Shares of airline giant American Airlines AAL sunk over 4% in Tuesday morning trading after it announced it will cut 19,000 jobs in October. The stock climbed back a bit before closing down 2.23%.

Federal aid that protected those jobs during the pandemic is expiring. The original aid package set aside for airline carriers was $25 billion, but airlines and labor unions are urging lawmakers for another $25B in federal help; Congress is still trying to strike a deal on another coronavirus aid package.

American has been able to offset some involuntary cuts over the past few months by offering employees early retirements, buyouts & unpaid or partially paid leaves.

AAL is down over 54% year-to-to-date.

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Last year, it generated $24 billion in global revenues. By 2020, it's predicted to blast through the roof to $77.6 billion. Famed investor Mark Cuban says it will produce "the world's first trillionaires," but that should still leave plenty of money for regular investors who make the right trades early.

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