US Airways Group Inc. (LCC) and United Continental Holdings Inc. (UAL) surged as jet-fuel prices remained near a five-month low and a JPMorgan Chase & Co. analyst boosted his earnings estimates for carriers.
US Airways rose 11 percent to $12.16 at the close in New York, leading the Bloomberg U.S. Airlines Index (BUSAIRL) of 10 carriers to a gain of 4.9 percent, the most since October. United advanced 5.5 percent to $23.53.
Carriers are benefiting from a 40-cent-a-gallon reduction in jet-fuel prices since February, “representing an annualized $5.5 billion windfall for the industry,” Jamie Baker, a JPMorgan analyst in New York, wrote today in a note to clients. Most analysts haven’t yet worked that into earnings estimates for this quarter, he said.
Jet fuel for immediate purchase in New York Harbor is $2.92 a gallon today, down from a peak this year of $3.39 on Feb. 24.
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