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US airline stocks fall after Lufthansa warning

June 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of U.S. airlines have been flying high in 2014, but they’re lower after German carrier Lufthansa’s warning about smaller profits due to weaker passenger demand.

At midday Wednesday, shares of American Airlines Group Inc. were down $1, or 2.3 percent, to $42.66; United Continental Holdings Inc. fell $2.04, or 4.3 percent, to $45.72; Delta Air Lines Inc. dropped $1.47, or 3.5 percent, to $40.45; and Southwest Airlines Co. lost 27 cents to $27.02.

Lufthansa AG cut its forecast of 2014 and 2015 operating profit on weaker demand, strikes, and lower value of Venezuela’s currency. Its shares were down 14 percent.

Cowen and Co. analyst Helane Becker says the warning is more about Lufthansa’s prospects than the airline industry, and she says the sell-off could be an opportunity for buyers.

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