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Airline News – American may Sell-Off Frequent Flyer Program and British Airways Buys from both Boeing and Airbus

There’s quite a bit of news surrounding Airlines recently. British Airways (OTC:BAIRY.PK) announced they would be buying 24 of Boeing’s (BA) new 787 Dreamliner while favoring 12 of Airbus’ (Privately held) larger A380 Superjumbo over Boeing’s stalwart 747.

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The news indicates profits and business is good at the airline and is icing on the already rosy Boeing outlook. The Airbus outlook is somewhat more conflicted as poor sales and production delays have become closely associated with the A380.

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American Airlines (AMR), on the other hand, is looking for a way to bolster its beaten down stock price. One idea gaining popularity at the company is to sell off its AAdvantage frequent flyer program.

The argument for selling it off is too many individual components within a corporation with different growth rates and business cycles can confuse investors and ultimately lead to lower valuation. In the past investment analysts have thought the frequent flyer programs of airlines such as United (UAUA) and American might actually be worth more than the airline itself because of the financial and partnership programs they can attract.

If this latest idea of spinning off frequent flyer programs bolsters the stock of the first few carriers who adopt it, the tactic could sweep the industry.

Looking at these two tidbits of news, it may be time to look into the possibilities of covered calls on airlines and airline manufacturers. Looking back on the blog’s past recommendations we find:

June 28th Suggested United Airlines August $40 Covered Call potentially returns 9.5% Suggested American Airlines August $27.50 Covered Call potentially loses around 9%

March 30th Suggested Boeing May $90 Covered Call potentially returns 3.6%

It is also interesting to see how all of the major airlines (and Boeing) are sitting as a percentage of their 52-week range.

American is at 8% of its 52-week range. Delta (DAL) is at 41% of its 52-week range. Northwest (NWA) is at 27% of its 52-week range. Continental (CAL) is at 25% of its 52-week range. United is at 77% of its 52-week range. Boeing is at 92% of its 52-week range.

With the exception of United, most of the major US carriers are off their peak. Boeing, primarily because it has been out-competing its main commercial carrier competitor, is enjoying a highflying stock price.

For this analysis, we will assume Delta, American and Continental are undervalued. Note this assumption led to a potential 9% loss in the case of American back in June (there were a couple of poorly performing Continental trades in the blog too). Also, affecting this is the rising price of oil (Is Everyone Bullish on Big Oil?) may cut into airline profitability.

Now having noted the ubiquitous dangers in approaching airline stocks, we will naively cast aside our doubts and look at potential trades.

Potential Trades:
All of the following October trades have 23 days until expiration; the November trades have 51 days until expiration.

Covered Call Search
Symbol Stock
AMR 22.02 (+0.25) AMRKE 07 NOV 25.0 (51) $0.70 21.32 3.2 3.3 17.3
DAL 17.82 (-0.05) DALKD 07 NOV 20.0 (51) $0.60 17.22 3.4 3.5 16.1
UAUA 45.77 (unch.) UALKJ 07 NOV 50.0 (51) $1.80 43.97 3.9 4.1 13.7
CAL 32.85 (-0.01) CALKG 07 NOV 35.0 (51) $1.95 30.9 5.9 6.3 13.3
CAL 32.85 (-0.01) CALJG 07 OCT 35.0 (23) $1.15 31.7 3.5 3.6 10.4
AMR 22.02 (+0.25) AMRKX 07 NOV 22.5 (51) $1.50 20.52 6.8 7.3 9.6
NWA 17.32 (+0.07) NWAKW 07 NOV 17.5 (51) $1.30 16.02 7.5 8.1 9.2
DAL 17.82 (-0.05) DALKW 07 NOV 17.5 (51) $1.60 16.22 9 7.9 7.9
UAUA 45.77 (unch.) UALKI 07 NOV 45.0 (51) 3.9 41.87 8.5 7.5 7.5
AMR 22.02 (+0.25) AMRJX 07 OCT 22.5 (23) 0.9 21.12 4.1 4.3 6.5
NWA 17.32 (+0.07) NWAJW 07 OCT 17.5 (23) 0.8 16.52 4.6 4.8 5.9
CAL 32.85 (-0.01) CALKF 07 NOV 30.0 (51) 4.5 28.35 13.7 5.8 5.8
DAL 17.82 (-0.05) DALJW 07 OCT 17.5 (23) 1.05 16.77 5.9 4.4 4.4
UAUA 45.77 (unch.) UALJI 07 OCT 45.0 (23) 2.5 43.27 5.5 4 4
BA 105.46 (+1.01) BAKA 07 NOV 105.0 (51) 4.2 101.26 4 3.7 3.7
(For more details click the ticker symbol above)

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Competitors for AMR include: Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), Northwest Airlines Corp. (NWA), UAL Corporation (UAUA), Alaska Air Group Inc. (ALK), Continental Airlines Inc. (CAL), JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU), US Airways Group Inc. (LCC), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), and TAM S.A. (TAM).
Competitors for DAL include: AMR Corporation (AMR), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), UAL Corporation (UAUA), AirTran Hldgs. Inc. (AAI), Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (HA), and US Airways Group Inc. (LCC).
Competitors for UAUA include: AMR Corporation (AMR), Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL), Northwest Airlines Corp. (NWA), Alaska Air Group Inc. (ALK), Continental Airlines Inc. (CAL), Frontier Airlines Inc. (FRNT), Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (HA), JetBlue Airways Corp. (JBLU), and Midwest Air Group Inc. (MEH).
Competitors for CAL include: AMR Corporation (AMR), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), and UAL Corporation (UAUA).
Competitors for BA include: Lockheed Martin Corporation (LMT), Northrop Grumman Corp. (NOC), Airbus S.A.S. (private), Applied Signal Tech. Inc. (APSG), Orbital Sciences Corp. (ORB), Raytheon Co. (RTN), and United Techs. Corp. (UTX).
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