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Airline Stocks’ Post-Earnings Report Cards

Despite recent performance, airlines still face turbulence

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airplane cabin interior empty 185 flickr Airline Stocks' Post Earnings Report CardsMajor U.S. airlines kicked off earnings season with mixed results last week, highlighting the headwinds facing an industry that generates $175 billion in annual revenue, but keeps just 2 cents of every dollar as profit.

With margins that tight, saving pennies a gallon on fuel or trimming capacity to cut costs is often the difference between profit and loss in this capital-intensive, highly regulated industry.

Those were among the themes as four major U.S. carriers — Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL), United Continental (NYSE:UAL), US Airways (NYSE:LCC) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) — reported earnings last week. Not surprisingly, some carriers posted a better report card than others. Here’s a quick recap:


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