Airline stocks slide after American cuts revenue forecast

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Shares of American Airlines slid more than 8% on Wednesday, after the airline lowered its second-quarter revenue outlook.

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The airline said it expected revenue per available seat mile it flies – a key revenue figure – to grow around 1% to 3% in the three-month period ended in June, which was lower than its previous forecast of an increase of 1.5% to 3.5%. American cited weakness in the domestic market as the reason for the revision.

“I frankly think today it’s an overreaction,” CFRA airline analyst Jim Corridore told FOX Business. “We’re still seeing unit revenue growth, we think the demand of buying it is still very healthy. And I think that investors are running with the words ‘weaker domestic’ and they’re extrapolating something out it that we don’t think is necessarily the case because numbers are up.”

TickerSecurityLastChange%Chg
AALAMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC.37.28+0.16+0.43%
DALDELTA AIR LINES INC.50.67-0.10-0.20%
UALUNITED CONTINENTAL HLDG.72.26+0.16+0.22%
LUVSOUTHWEST AIRLINES CO.53.08-0.01-0.02%
ALKALASKA AIR GROUP61.41-0.02-0.03%

Other airline stocks slumped Wednesday as well, as rising fuel costs continue to weigh on names in the sector. Alaska Airlines slid more than 4%, United fell more than 3%, Southwest less than 1% and Delta, which reports second-quarter earnings on Thursday, fell 1.5%.

American’s stock is down more than 30% this year.

The air carrier also said a technical glitch that occurred last month at its regional subsidiary PSA Airlines, which forced the airline to cancel more approximately 3,000 flights, will likely cost about $35 million.

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