BofA/Merrill raises Airline estimates, Delta and Southwest best positioned
BofA/Merrill analyst Andrew Didora raised Airline estimates and price target to reflect lower fuel pricing and remains positive on the industry said to remain selective into second-half 2017.
The analyst believes Buy rated Delta Air Lines (DAL) and Southwest (LUV) are best positioned for sequential unit revenue improvement in the second half due to decelerating and easing comps and raised their price targets to $71 and $75 from $64 and $62, respectively.
The analyst expects capacity to increase modestly in 2018 to +3.4% from +2.8% in 2017 and expects Delta to accelerate capacity growth to +1.9% and Southwest to +5%.
As part of the sector note, Didora raised Buy rated United Continental’s (UAL) price target to $105 from $85, Alaska Air’s (ALK) to $120 from $115, Spirit Airlines’ (SAVE) down to $68 from $75, and raised Underperform rated American Airlines’ (AAL) to $42 from $40 and lowered Hawaiian Holdings’ (AAL) to $43 from $47.
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