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Five Star Equities

March 14, 2012 08:20 ET

Airline Stocks Slip as Profit Forecasts Slide

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on US Airways & JetBlue Airways

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Mar 14, 2012) - After a strong start to the year, airline stocks have struggled over the last month. Higher fuel prices and the Eurozone debt crisis have sent the Guggenheim Airline ETF (FAA) down more than 11 percent over the last month. Five Star Equities examines investing opportunities in the Airlines industry and provides Stock research on US Airways Group Inc. (NYSE: LCC) and JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ: JBLU). Access to the full company reports can be found at:

In late 2011, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) cut its forecast for the sector's profits this year to $3.5 billion, down from its earlier forecast of $4.9 billion. IATA warned of losses of more than $8.0 billion under a "worst-case scenario" in which the eurozone debt problem evolved into a full-blown banking crisis and a European recession.

"In the past, whenever we've seen a small decline in travel markets caused by an economic deterioration, it's very difficult for other markets to uncouple," IATA Chief Economist Brian Pearce said.

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The IATA recently urged US policy makers to improve aviation competitiveness by easing the tax and regulatory burdens on the airline industry. "If creating jobs and encouraging economic growth is a national policy priority, then the lack of a coordinated national policy on aviation is shocking. A national policy is needed and it must be aligned with the economic needs of communities, states and regions -- with the goal of improving the competitiveness of the US aviation industry," said IATA's Director General and CEO Tony Tyler in his remarks to the 37th FAA Aviation Forecast Conference.

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