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AirAsia extends gains, Virgin Blue extends losses

AirAsia’s (+2.5%) shares continued to rise yesterday as investors digested the carrier’s positive first quarter earnings report. OSK Research Sdn Bhd upgraded the airline's stock from “neutral” to “trading buy” after the airline’s management signaled potential “corporate exercises” for two units, Thai AirAsia and Indonesia AirAsia.

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At the other end of the scale, Virgin Blue gave up all of Monday’s gains, slumping 7.6% yesterday (and a further 1.6% in morning trade today) in the aftermath of Friday’s shock profit warning.

Kingfisher (-3.7%) and Korean Air (-2.6%) also dropped back, while Qantas (+1.2%) and Malaysia Airlines (+0.5%) edged higher yesterday.

Asia Pacific selected airlines daily share price movements (% change): 01-Jun-2010