Air travel is less pleasant than ever, but there isn’t much passengers can do about it.
That’s because choice has mostly disappeared from the friendly skies.
After several rounds of mergers, just four airlines — American (AAL), Delta (DAL), United (UAL) and Southwest (LUV) — account for 82% of the miles flown on U.S. carriers.
Recent horror stories, including a passenger being dragged off a United flight and a systemwide meltdown at Delta, only add to passenger angst.
“You do feel helpless when you fly today because you don’t have choices,” says Michael Boyd, an industry consultant.
Consolidation is only part of the story. On about half of the most popular routes in the United States, you have only one choice for an airline if you want to fly nonstop, according to the most recent figures from PricewaterhouseCoopers.
And those figures are from 2011, before American Airlines and U.S. Airways combined to form the world’s largest airline. On 36% of the most popular routes, passengers had a choice of only two airlines.
Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Northern Oil and Gas, Inc.(NOG)
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Tuesday, energy shares slipped by 1.36 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and North American Energy Partners Inc.(USA) (NYSE: NOA), down 6 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Friday, energy shares slipped by 0.20 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 9 percent, and Tidewater Inc. (NYSE: TDW), down 8 percent.
- [By Lisa Levin]
In trading on Tuesday, energy shares were relative laggards, down on the day by about 0.57 percent. Meanwhile, top losers in the sector included Tesco Corporation (USA) (NASDAQ: TESO), down 7 percent, and Northern Oil & Gas, Inc. (NYSE: NOG), down 8 percent.
Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Waste Management, Inc.(WM)
- [By Brian Feroldi]
Investors in their 60’s should start to favor low-risk stocks that offer up big dividend payouts. Below are three stocks — Waste Management (NYSE:WM), United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS), and Welltower (NYSE:HCN) — that perfectly fit that description.
- [By Lisa Levin]
Some of the stocks that may grab investor focus today are:
Wall Street expects Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) to report quarterly earnings at $0.10 per share on revenue of $1.62 billion before the opening bell. Avon Products shares rose 2.39 percent to $6.00 in after-hours trading.
Analysts expect MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) to report quarterly earnings at $0.20 per share on revenue of $2.44 billion before the opening bell. MGM shares rose 1.01 percent to $29.90 in after-hours trading.
Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSCO) reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter and raised its quarterly dividend to $0.29 per share. Cisco shares rose 2.13 percent to $33.52 in the after-hours trading session.
Before the markets open, Dean Foods Co (NYSE: DF) is projected to report its quarterly earnings at $0.41 per share on revenue of $2.01 billion. Dean Foods shares rose 0.49 percent to $20.55 in after-hours trading.
Tripadvisor Inc (NASDAQ: TRIP) posted weaker-than-expected results for its fourth quarter on Wednesday. Tripadvisor shares dropped 5.60 percent to $49.75 in the after-hours trading session.
Analysts are expecting Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM) to have earned $0.77 per share on revenue of $3.42 billion in the latest quarter. Waste Management will release earnings before the markets open. Waste Management shares rose 2.27 percent to $72.97 in after-hours trading.
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- [By John Bromels]
The stock of the country’s second-largest waste management company,Republic Services(NYSE:RSG), has been on a tear this year, up nearly 30%. That rivals the performance of its larger competitorWaste Management(NYSE:WM), which is up about 33% for the year.
Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Etsy, Inc.(ETSY)
- [By Jeremy Bowman]
Shares of craft-focused internet marketplaceEtsy(NASDAQ:ETSY)stumbled last month, falling 12% according to data from S&P Global Market Intelligenceafter a disappointing fourth-quarter report.
- [By Brian Withers]
If investors want to tap into the growing trend of e-commerce and diversify their portfolio beyond Amazon, Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) and Etsy (NASDAQ:ETSY) make the shortlist. Shopify is more a pick-and-shovelplay, as the company hasbuilt a powerful back office platform that essentially enables entrepreneursto run an e-commerce business from their phone. Etsy is a pure play marketplace that focuses on serving the creative entrepreneur. These two companies had similar revenue in 2016, were both started in almost the same year (Etsy 2005, Shopify 2006), and are in the business of helping product-selling entrepreneurs connect to buyers online. Let’s take a deeper dive into these two companies and see which is the better buy.
- [By Jim Swanson]
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Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: Winnebago Industries Inc.(WGO)
- [By Dan Caplinger]
Friday was a good day on Wall Street, as the stock market responded favorably to encouraging news on the employment front. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped on fairly strong job creation during the month of February, and that helped push the Dow, S&P 500, and Nasdaq Composite to modest gains of roughly between a quarter percent and a half percent. Yet even with a positive mood among market participants, some stocks weren’t able to participate in the end-of-week rally. Finisar (NASDAQ:FNSR), Zumiez (NASDAQ:ZUMZ), and Winnebago Industries (NYSE:WGO) were among the worst performers on the day. Below, we’ll look more closely at these stocks to tell you why they did so poorly.
- [By Elizabeth Balboa]
Supply could come from any number of industry players, including Winnebago Industries, Inc. (NYSE: WGO), Thor Industries, Inc. (NYSE: THO), Polaris Industries Inc. (NYSE: PII) and Camping World Holdings Inc (NYSE: CWH). However, whether it comes from existing inventory and whether suppliers can meet the demand are yet to be seen.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap motor home or RV stock Winnebago Industries (NYSE: WGO) reported fiscal Q4 2017 earnings before the market opened in Thursday with shares up in premarket trading on better than expected results and on a stock buyback program. Revenues for the fiscal Q4 ended August 26, 2017 increased72.8% to $454.9 million asrevenues for the Motorized segmentfell 4.4% to$226.2 million while revenues for the Towable segment rose $202.1 million to$228.7 million (driven by the addition of $193.4 million in revenue from the Grand Design acquisition and continued strong organic growth in Winnebago-branded Towable products, which increased 33% compared to last year).Q4 net incomeincreased 89.6% to$24.9 million.
Top 5 Heal Care Stocks To Buy Right Now: James River Group Holdings, Ltd.(JRVR)
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