This morning, all of the leading airline stocks are trading higher. This sector has been fairly strong since mid-March 2012. This is exact time when oil topped out after trading as high as $110.00 a barrel. As you all know, oil is the largest expense for an airline outside of labor costs. Today, light sweet crude is trading lower by 0.72 cents to $82.60 a barrel. ...
All of the leading airline stocks are catching a small bid higher despite the overall stock market weakness. The catalyst for the strong airline sector is obviously the weak oil prices. Light sweet crude has declined lower by more $20.00 a barrel since topping out on March 1, 2012 at $110.55 a barrel. Should oil start to catch a bid higher it would be prudent to expect the leading airline stocks to .... Continue reading here: http://bit.ly/L2zVe6
This morning, the important and highly followed iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average ETF (NYSEARCA:IYT) is trading lower by $1.84 to $91.52 a share. This is a 2.00 percent decline for the major transportation index. Traders and investors will usually follow the transport index very closely as a sign of economic growth and contraction.
All of the leading transportation stocks are coming under early selling pressure. The iShares Dow Jones Transport Average (ETF) (NYSEARCA:IYT) is trading lower by 41.00 to $91.52 a share. Yesterday, the IYT sold off sharply lower; today the important sector ETF is continuing to fall at the start of the day. Short term traders should watch for intra-day support around the $91.00 and $90.50 levels.
This afternoon, most of the leading airline stocks are catching a bid higher as the price of crude declines. The current chart pattern on many of the popular airline stocks still signals further declines despite today's bounce. Should oil begin to decline further over the next few weeks that could help the airline sector, however, that is unlikely with the current problems in the Middle East.
All of the major airline stocks have been coming under some heavy selling pressure since early February 2012. The catalyst for the decline in the airlines sector has been the sharp increase in oil. Crude has been soaring higher by more than $100.00 a barrel since early February and this happens to coincide with the decline in the airline stocks.
The transportation sector is followed closely by most every trader and investor as an economic barometer. When the transportation sector trades higher it is a sign of economic expansion and growth. The opposite is true when the transportation sector declines it is a sign of an economic slowdown and contraction.