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Wall Street Firm Bullish On Airlines, Ups Estimates And Price Targets

Wall Street Firm Bullish On Airlines, Ups Estimates And Price Targets

Most airline stocks have had a rough go of it so far in 2016, but Buckingham Research Group analyst Daniel McKenzie believes things are looking up for Q1 earnings season. Buckingham has raised its Q1 earnings estimates for JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU) and Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) and upped its price targets for Delta, American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL) and United Continental Holdings Inc (NYSE: UAL).

McKenzie remains bullish on airline stocks and sees their compelling valuations providing a floor in the near term.

“Today, the XAL remains 13.5 percent off a 52-week high and from our perspective, earnings could fall 40 percent on average for the Big 3 and valuations would remain attractive (e.g. with AAL’s stock currently trading at $39.13, we could cut our 2016 EPS by 30 percent and the current valuation implies a 10x P/E/ multiple) in the context of otherwise improving fundamentals and massive FCF,” McKenzie explained.

Related Link: Airline Stocks Could See 'Modest Relief' Soon

He noted that at current valuations, many of the airlines would chose to go private before they would ever consider bankruptcy.

Ahead Of Q1

Headed into Q1 earnings season, Buckingham has Buy ratings on Delta, American, JetBlue, United, Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV), Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) and Spirit Airlines Incorporated (NASDAQ: SAVE).

Disclosure: The author holds no position in the stocks mentioned.

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Latest Ratings for DAL

Apr 2021JP MorganMaintainsOverweight
Apr 2021Morgan StanleyMaintainsOverweight
Feb 2021Deutsche BankUpgradesHoldBuy

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