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Polar Vortex: 3 Winners, 3 Losers

The polar vortex will cost the economy $5 billion, but not all stocks and industries will lose out

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Polar Vortex Loser: Airlines

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If there’s any silver lining to what the polar vortex did to air travel, it’s that the nation’s airlines have plenty of experience dealing with these kinds of crushing disruptions.

But the polar vortex is still going to hurt. About 7,000 flights were cancelled on Monday and Tuesday alone, and the airline industry is still playing catch-up with the delays and scrubbed flights. Estimates put the total cost to airlines at up to $100 million.

JetBlue (JBLU) looks to be the biggest loser among the airlines, but rivals like United Continental (UAL) and Delta Air Lines (DAL) will take some financial hit, too.

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