SOURCE: Paragon Financial Limited

Paragon Financial Limited

July 09, 2012 08:20 ET

Delta Air Lines and United Continental Holdings Show Strong Gains Despite Concerns of a Global Economic Slowdown

The Paragon Report Provides Stock Research on Delta Air Lines and United Continental Holdings

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 9, 2012) - Despite growing concerns of a global economic slowdown the U.S. Airlines Industry has shown investors impressive gains this year. The Guggenheim Airline ETF (FAA) is up nearly 20 percent year-to-date, more than doubling the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) gain of 8 percent over the same period. The Paragon Report examines investing opportunities in the Airlines Industry and provides equity research on Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) and United Continental Holdings Inc. (NYSE: UAL).

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) last week reported that global airline companies posted a considerable loss in the first quarter of 2012. The IATA reported that 55 airlines across the world collectively posted a net loss of over $1 billion. The results compare with a post-tax profit of $17 million in the first quarter of 2011. The European and Asian airlines suffered the biggest losses, while U.S. airlines posted a strong profit of $518 million after posting a small loss the year prior.

"The airline industry is fragile," stated Tony Tyler, IATA's director general and CEO. "Relief in oil prices provides some good news. Unfortunately, the softness in oil markets comes on the back of fears of deterioration in the European economy. Business and consumer confidence are falling. And we are seeing the first signs of that in slowing demand and softer load factors."

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Shares of Delta Air lines are up nearly 36 percent year-to-date. Delta's consolidated passenger unit revenue (PRASM) increased 8 percent year over year for the month of June. The company saw continued strength from corporate revenue, investments in products and services, capacity discipline and strong performance at LaGuardia Airport.

United Continental Holdings for the first quarter of 2012 reported total revenues of $8.6 billion, an increase of 4.9 percent year-over-year. First-quarter consolidated passenger revenue rose 5.5 percent to $7.5 billion, compared to the same period in 2011.Shares of the company are up over 28 percent year-to-date.

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