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United Airlines down ahead of 3Q2009 results announcement; TAM inches up slightly


The majority of North and South American carriers’ stocks faltered on Friday (16-Oct-2009), as oil prices (+1.2%) rose again, to USD78.53, while the Dow slipped (-0.7%). As a result, the AMEX Airline Index fell 1.9%.

United lower ahead of reporting 3Q2009 results

United Airlines (-2.8%) dipped ahead of the announcement of its 3Q2009 results on Tuesday (20-Sep-2009). Analysts expect the carrier to report a loss of approximately USD137 million, or USD0.94 a share and a 22% year-on-year drop in revenue for the quarter, to USD4.3 billion, according to a Thomson Reuters poll.

BTS reports Jul-2009 traffic

The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported a 2.4% year-on-year decline in domestic passenger numbers for US carriers in Jul-2009, to 68.1 million passengers - the 16th consecutive monthly decline. International passenger numbers meanwhile fell 4.8% year-on-year. The top ten carriers in terms of passenger numbers for the month were as follows:

  1. Southwest: 9.6 million (+2.1% year-on-year)
  2. American: 8.2 million (-7.3%)
  3. Delta: 6.6 million (-3.7%)
  4. United: 5.4 million (-9.3%)
  5. US Airways: 4.7 million (-7.6%)
  6. Continental: 4.3 million (-4.5%)
  7. Northwest: 4.2 million (-9.8%)
  8. AirTran: 2.4 million (-3.4%)
  9. JetBlue: 2.2 million (+4.3%)
  10. SkyWest: 2.0 million (+4.2%)

TAM proposed senior guaranteed notes rated ‘BB-‘ by Fitch Ratings

TAM (+0.3%) stocks edged up slightly on Friday after Fitch Ratings assigned a 'BB-' rating to TAM's USD300 million proposed senior guaranteed notes due 2019. TAM's Foreign and Local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) are currently 'BB-' and its National Scale Rating is 'A-(bra)'. The rating outlook is 'Negative' for all of TAM's corporate ratings.

According to Fitch, TAM's ratings continue to reflect the carrier's strong market presence in the domestic air passenger transportation sector. It also factors in the carrier's position as the sole Brazilian airline operator in long-haul routes to Europe and the US, strengthened by several codeshare agreements. Further factored in TAM's ratings is the high percentage of business passengers in its ticket sales mix and the profitability of this segment.

North & South America selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 16-Oct-09

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