American Airlines Forecast Cut Strikes Blow to Sector Midday –

© Reuters.  © Reuters. – Airline shares fell in midday trading Thursday as a profit warning from American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:) hit the sector.

The largest U.S. airline cut its 2018 revenue per available seat mile forecast, causing the stock to tumble 8.4%. The outlook cut comes a week after Delta decreased its forecast for the end of the year.

American said it revenue per available seat mile likely rose 1.5% in the fourth quarter of last year from the year-earlier period, compared with prior guidance of a range of 1.5% to 3.5%.

American said profit for the year, excluding items, would be $4.40 to $4.60 per share, down from previous guidance of $4.50 to $5 per share.

Other airline stocks were lower, with Delta Air Lines (NYSE:) down 3.23%, while Southwest Airlines (NYSE:) slipped 3% and United Continental (NASDAQ:) slumped 5%.

JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ:) was down 4.6%, while Spirit Airlines (NYSE:) was down 2.9%.

The SPDR S&P Transportation ETF (NYSE:) was down 1.17%.

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