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Best Performing Airlines Stocks of 2019

Updated Apr 18, 2019
Quick movement of people and material banks on the airline industry. While large-size shipments often find container based shipping through sea as the preferred route of transportation, the air or rail route is preferred by people for quick service. Companies in the airline sector operate locally and globally, and through partnerships with other airline or transportation companies to often the last mile connectivity to the passengers. A lot of such airline companies have their stocks listed on the national stock exchanges of America, and investors can purchase those in anticipation of the positive and healthy returns. One must note that airline stocks are prone to economic cycles and prevailing situation. If overall economy is doing good, both business and leisure travellers will be willing to spend on business and holidays which will lead to high returns for the airline companies. However, if the economic situation is gloomy, individuals as well as businesses avoid travel-related expenses which lead to dismal performance of the airline stocks.
Among the handful of Airlines stocks, which ones generated the top returns this year? Which of those figured among the winners in the long list of Airlines stocks?
This article provides a list of Airlines stocks which have generated top returns in the year 2019 so far till date of writing. The list is prepared based on the percentage returns generated by the individual Airlines stocks between the end of the previous year and Apr 18, 2019, and the top 10 return generating Airlines stocks are listed below.
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Top Airlines Stocks With Highest Returns

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The following list presents stocks of the companies which belong to the broader Airlines sector or the stock market index, their corresponding prices as of given date, and the percentage gains realized:
 1) Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V. (VLRS) 2) China Southern Airlines Company Limited (ZNH) 3) China Eastern Airlines Corporation Ltd. (CEA) 4) SkyWest, Inc. (SKYW) 5) Allegiant Travel Company (ALGT)
 6) Ryanair Holdings plc (RYAAY) 7) Delta Air Lines (DAL) 8) Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (HA) 9) Southwest Airlines (LUV) 10) Mesa Air Group, Inc. (MESA)
There's more... See price performance, YTD-gains, market-cap and other details of all the 20 Airlines stocks with sorting features in a tabular format. Alternatively, one can also explore the List of Top Airlines ETFs.
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Performance of Top Airlines Stocks

Here's a look at the basic details and how the above mentioned stocks fared during the period:

Controladora Vuela

Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB de CV (Volaris Aviation Holding Company) is a Mexico-based company principally engaged in the airline passenger transportation industry. The Company is a law-cost carrier ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Mexico-based Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion, S.A.B. de C.V. (VLRS) belongs to the Transportation sector and is categorized as a Air Freight Delivery Services company. The stock of Controladora Vuela ended the previous year at a price of $5.35 per share. As of Apr 18, 2019, the stock price has reached $8.89 apiece, which indicates a change of 66.17 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Airlines for the year 2019 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $536.64 million. It has now changed to $868.57 million as of writing.

China Southern Airlines

China Southern Airlines Company Limited, incorporated on March 25, 1995, is engaged in airline operations. The Company also operates certain airline related businesses, including provision of aircraft maintenance and air ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Rank number two in the coveted list is held by China Southern Airlines Company Limited (ZNH) for being among the top performing stocks of 2019. Headquartered in China, the Transportation sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Air Freight Delivery Services. Since the start of the year 2019, stock of China Southern Airlines has so far gained 55.3 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $30.36 per share and year-to-date price of $47.15 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $10.41 billion to $15.43 billion.

China Eastern Airlines

China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited, together with its subsidiaries, operates in the civil aviation industry in the People's Republic of China and internationally. The company offers passenger, ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
During the given months of the year 2019, China Eastern Airlines Corporation Ltd. (CEA) was successful in generating YTD returns of 37.51 percentage which helped it gain the number three spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2019 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the China-based China Eastern Airlines closed at a price of $27.38 per share, while it traded at a price of $37.65 per share as of Apr 18, 2019. The company's market cap changed from $9.54 billion to $15.48 billion during the same period YTD. The company is classified under the Transportation industry sector and further specialized as a Air Freight Delivery Services sector business.

SkyWest

SkyWest, Inc., incorporated on March 2, 1972, through its subsidiaries, SkyWest Airlines, Inc. (SkyWest Airlines) and ExpressJet Airlines, Inc. (ExpressJet), operates regional airline operations in the United States. The Companys ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Utah, UT-headquartered company SkyWest, Inc. (SKYW) is ranked number four among the best performing stocks of Airlines of 2019. The Transportation sector business falls under the Air Freight Delivery Services industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2019, the stock price of SkyWest has changed by 33.24 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $44.47 per share and year-to-date closing price of $59.25 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $2.31 billion to $3.06 billion during the same period. Along with Airlines, the company is also in the business of Transportation, Air Freight Delivery Services, Air Freight, Industrials, among other usual products and services. SkyWest continues to be a leading constituent of many major stock market indexes like Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Allegiant Travel

Allegiant Travel Company, a leisure travel company, focuses on the provision of travel services and products to residents of under-served cities in the United States. The company offers scheduled air ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Allegiant Travel Company (ALGT) has moved by 30.86 percentage over the given period of 2019-YTD, helping it gain a place at number five among the top performing stocks. The Transportation sector company managed to achieve the feat as its stock price changed from $100.22 apiece to the price of $131.15 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Apr 18, 2019. The smart run of the Nevada, NV-based Air Freight Delivery Services sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $1.62 billion to $2.11 billion over the same duration. Allegiant Travel is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Ryanair

Ryanair Holdings plc (Ryanair Holdings), incorporated on June 5, 1996, is a holding company for Ryanair Limited (Ryanair). Ryanair operates an ultra-low fare, scheduled-passenger airline serving short-haul, point-to-point routes between ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
At number six in the list of top stocks stands Ryanair Holdings plc (RYAAY), which saw a change in its stock price from the level of $71.34 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $83.23 per share as of Apr 18, 2019. It translates to a change of 16.67 percentage. The Ireland-headquartered Transportation sector company also saw its market value change from $14.52 billion to $16.06 billion.

Delta Air Lines

Delta Air Lines, Inc., incorporated on March 16, 1967, provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the United States and across the world. The Companys segments include Airline ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Delta Air Lines (DAL) generated percentage returns of 16.57 percent during the 2019 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $49.9 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $58.17 per share as of Apr 18, 2019. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $34.09 billion to $38.1 billion during the same period.
The company is categorized as a Transportation speciality business with further classification in the Air Freight Delivery Services sub-category. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the YTD performance of the Airlines sector also fared better than that of the returns generated by some of the closley tracked stock market indexes. The company is a part of Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Hawaiian

Hawaiian Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiary, Hawaiian Airlines, Inc., engages in the scheduled air transportation of passengers and cargo. The company offers daily services on North America routes ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The number eight spot in the list of top performing stocks of the Airlines sector is taken by Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (HA). The company's stock price changed from $26.41 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $30.46 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 15.34 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the Hawaii, HI-based Transportation sector company was from $1.3 billion to $1.47 billion. Being ranked in the top 10 best performing stocks of the Airlines sector, the company also succeeded in outperforming the returns generated by some of the popular stock market indexes. They include the Wilshire 5000 index, Russell 2000 index, and a handful of other multi-capitalization indexes.

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines Co. (Southwest), incorporated on March 9, 1967, operates Southwest Airlines, a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States and near-international markets. Southwest provides point-to-point ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Dallas, Texas-based Transportation sector company Southwest Airlines (LUV) holds the nine spot among the best performing stocks of the Airlines sector. Classified as the Air Freight Delivery Services business, the stock price of Southwest Airlines ended the previous year at a price of $46.48 per share while it reached the level of $52.18 apiece as of Apr 18, 2019 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 12.26%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $28.52 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Southwest Airlines in their constituent list. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few other larger indexes which are part of the stock market.

Mesa Air Group

Mesa Air Group, Inc. operates as the holding company for Mesa Airlines, Inc., which provides regional air carrier services under capacity purchase agreements with the American Airlines and the United Airlines. ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Based on the market-cap change from $184.29 million to $205.88 million during the given months of the year 2019 and the share price change from $7.58 per share to a price of $8.47 per share as of Apr 18, 2019, Mesa Air Group, Inc. (MESA) was successful in generating YTD returns of 11.74 percentage. Standing at the number ten rank in the top performing list of Airlines stocks, the Phoenix, AZ-based Mesa Air Group is categorized as the sub-sector business which falls under the larger Industrials sector.
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