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. ...
The important and highly followed Dow Jones Transportation Index ETF (NYSEARCA:IYT) has rallied higher since April 10, 2012 when it traded as low as $90.45 a share. This morning the IYT is trading higher by 0.03 cents to $94.69 a share. This ETF looks to have very good resistance around the $95.00 to $96.00 levels.
The Dow Jones Transportation ETF (NYSEARCA:IYT) is one of the most important charts that any trader can follow. Many investors believe that the transportation index should lead or confirm the Dow Jones Industrial Average in order for the markets to continue to climb. Lately, the IYT has pulled back from it recent high made on March 19, 2012 at $96.22.
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.
This morning, the leading transportation stocks are having trouble catching a bid higher. A case can be made that the high price of crude will keep many of the transport stocks under pressure. The iShares Dow Jones Transportation ETF (NYSEARCA:IYT) is trading lower by 0.32 cents to $91.66 a share. Short term traders can watch for intra-day support around the $91.17, and $90.80 levels.
Many of the leading transportation stocks have sold off recently. The railroad stocks have been some of the sharpest decliners in the transport sector. Many of these leading stocks are now trading around short term daily chart support levels. Stocks such as Union Pacific Corp (NYSE:UNP), CSX Corp (NYSE:CSX) and Norfolk Southern Corp (NYSE:NSC) are all trading in positive territory this morning.
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.