SOURCE: World Street Fundamentals

August 03, 2011 09:00 ET

Weight of Credit Rating Upcoming Changes - Equity Research on Alaska Air Group, Inc. and United Continental Holdings, Inc.

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - Aug 3, 2011) - Today, released its industry report highlighting Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) and United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL). Full fundamental and technical analysis is available at

Potential upcoming credit rating downgrades and sentiment adjustments remains the top concern behind today's market. Despite the US National Gross Domestic Product beginning to move beyond high-watermark, marking a significant shift away from recessionary pressures; continued momentum relies upon maintenance of the U.S.'s coveted AAA credit rating. The US Department of Commerce has confirmed growth within first quarter 2011, opening the strong possibility of companies within sub-sectors to experience organic revenue growth in the case of rating conservation.

No matter the outcome, opportunity is being marked for investors to take advantage of equities with high-margin and specialty products. Fundamental positives in this area are provided by limited exposure to rising commodity costs. Although raw material cost increases will continue to pressure margins, well-positioned companies can leverage organic growth and general consolidation of product lines to sustain bottom-line growth. Market-wise investors are looking to build strong cash positions to take advantage of events in the coming weeks, carefully watching for value within equities boasting established pipelines and excellent growth prospects.

World Street Fundamentals has highlighted Alaska Air Group, Inc. as a provider of passenger air services to more than 23 million passengers per year to more than 90 destinations. The Company also provides freight and mail services, primarily to and within the state of Alaska and on the West Coast. Alaska offers north/south service within the western United States, Canada and Mexico, and passenger and dedicated cargo services to and within the state of Alaska. The entire report on Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE: ALK) is available here:

World Street has featured United Continental Holdings, Inc. as a holding company with wholly owned subsidiaries; United Air Lines, Inc. (United) and Continental Airlines, Inc. (Continental). United and Continental transport people and cargo through their mainline operations, which utilize full-sized jet aircraft, and regional operations, which utilize smaller aircraft that are operated under contract by United Express, Continental Express and Continental Connection carriers. The entire report on United Continental Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: UAL) is available here:

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