US Airways leads American carriers lower on Friday

US Airways' shares retreated 4.1% on Friday, while American Airlines dropped 2.4% ahead of a busy week for earnings reports. United Continental, Alaska, US Airways, JetBlue and AirTran are all scheduled to report this week, and shares in each carrier fell on Friday, with the exception of AirTran (+0.1%).

The NYSE Airline index ended the session lower, falling 1.3%.

Selected North American airlines daily share price movements (% change): 21-Jan-2011