JetBlue (JBLU) – Get Report, United Airlines (UAL) – Get Report and Spirit Airlines (SAVE) – Get Report all saw their shares rise Wednesday as J.P. Morgan analyst Jamie Baker upgraded them amid expectations of a recovery for the industry in 2022.
JetBlue received a double upgrade.
Airline stocks also have benefited from President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Congress to approve $25 billion in aid for airlines.
As for J.P. Morgan, an industry recovery in 2022 signals “upside potential in excess of 40%” for several stocks, Baker said in a commentary cited by Bloomberg.
He upgraded JetBlue, Long Island City, N.Y., to overweight from underweight, lifting his share-price target to $17 from $12.
JetBlue recently traded at $12.11, up 5.2%. The shares have slumped 34% year to date.
He upgraded Chicago-based United Airlines to overweight from neutral, boosting its share-price target to $52 from $44.
United recently traded at $35.96, up 3.1%. The stock has dropped 58% year to date.
And he upgraded Spirit Air, Miramar, Fla., to neutral from underweight, increasing his share-price target to $19 from $14.
Spirit recently traded at $16.11, up 32.3%. The stock has fallen 60% year to date.
Still, “we wouldn’t extrapolate these changes to mean a renewed bullishness for 2021 fundamentals; quite the opposite, in fact,” Baker said.
Airline stocks dropped sharply Tuesday after Trump pulled his negotiators out of talks with Congress on a fiscal-stimulus package.
He tweeted that the Senate would no longer consider the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill proposed by House Democrats, dashing hopes for airlines that they might be able to hold off large-scale furloughs and layoffs.