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Best Performing Airlines Stocks of 2020

Updated Feb 14, 2020
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 2020 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 Feb 14, 2020, and the top 10 return generating Airlines stocks are listed below.
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Top Airlines Stocks With Highest Returns

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) JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU) 3) Avianca Holdings S.A. (AVH) 4) Spirit Airlines, Inc. (SAVE) 5) Southwest Airlines (LUV)
 6) Ryanair Holdings plc (RYAAY) 7) American Airlines Group (AAL) 8) Copa Holdings, S.A. (CPA) 9) Delta Air Lines (DAL) 10) Alaska Air Group Inc (ALK)
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 $10.42 per share. As of Feb 14, 2020, the stock price has reached $13.34 apiece, which indicates a change of 28.02 percent making the company rank among the top performing stocks of the Airlines for the year 2020 till date. At the end of the last year, company's market capitalization stood at $1.04 billion. It has now changed to $1.33 billion as of writing.

JetBlue Airways

JetBlue Airways Corporation, incorporated on August 24, 1998, is a passenger carrier company. The Company provides air transportation services across the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. The Companys ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Rank number two in the coveted list is held by JetBlue Airways Corporation (JBLU) for being among the top performing stocks of 2020. Headquartered in New York, NY, the Transportation sector company is categorized under the industrial sub-sector of Air Freight Delivery Services. Since the start of the year 2020, stock of JetBlue Airways has so far gained 13.62 percentage, based on the previous year's closing price of $18.72 per share and year-to-date price of $21.27 per share. During the same period, the market capitalization of the company changed from $5.28 billion to $5.99 billion. The stock of JetBlue Airways continues to be a major constituent of many leading stock indexes which include Wilshire 5000 index, and several other broader level multi-cap market indicators.

Avianca

Avianca Holdings SA is a Panama-based company engaged, through its subsidiaries, in the provision of air transportation services for passengers and commercial purposes. The Company was originally established as a ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
During the given months of the year 2020, Avianca Holdings S.A. (AVH) was successful in generating YTD returns of 9.87 percentage which helped it gain the number three spot in the list of the top performing stocks which generated maximum returns during year 2020 till date. As of December of the previous year, the stock of the Panama City, Panama-based Avianca closed at a price of $4.46 per share, while it traded at a price of $4.9 per share as of Feb 14, 2020. The company's market cap changed from $552.9 million to $610.65 million 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.

Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines, Inc., incorporated on March 8, 1994, is an airline company. The Company provides air transportation for passengers. As of December 31, 2016, the Companys all-Airbus Fit Fleet operated ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
The Florida, FL-headquartered company Spirit Airlines, Inc. (SAVE) is ranked number four among the best performing stocks of Airlines of 2020. The Transportation sector business falls under the Air Freight Delivery Services industrial sub-sector. Since the start of the year 2020, the stock price of Spirit Airlines has changed by 8.86 percent, which is calculated based on the previous year's closing price of $40.31 per share and year-to-date closing price of $43.88 per share as of writing. The market value of the company as indicated by its market-cap changed from $2.76 billion to $3 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. Spirit Airlines 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.

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.
Southwest Airlines (LUV) has moved by 7.39 percentage over the given period of 2020-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 $53.98 apiece to the price of $57.97 per share between the end of December of the previous year and Feb 14, 2020. The smart run of the Dallas, Texas-based Air Freight Delivery Services sector company lead to a handsome gain in its marketcap which changed from $28.01 billion to $29.99 billion over the same duration. Southwest Airlines is a key member of many popular stock market indexes. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 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 $87.61 apiece during previous year December end to the price of $91.87 per share as of Feb 14, 2020. It translates to a change of 4.86 percentage. The Ireland-headquartered Transportation sector company also saw its market value change from $17.95 billion to $18.71 billion.

American Airlines

American Airlines Group Inc., incorporated on February 16, 1982, is a holding company. The Companys primary business activity is the operation of a network air carrier, providing scheduled air transportation ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
American Airlines (AAL) generated percentage returns of 1.81 percent during the 2020 year-to-date. Its returns are based on the share price which moved from $28.68 per share from the previous year-end to the price of $29.2 per share as of Feb 14, 2020. The company's value, as indicated by the market-cap figure, changed from $12.56 billion to $12.35 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 Fort Worth, Texas, 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, NASDAQ 100 index, and a few other wider multi-cap stock market indexes.

Copa

Copa Holdings, S.A., incorporated on May 6, 1998, is a provider of airline passenger and cargo service through its principal operating subsidiaries, Compania Panamena de Aviacion, S. A. (Copa Airlines) ... 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 Copa Holdings, S.A. (CPA). The company's stock price changed from $108.08 per share at the end of December of the previous year to the price of $110.01 per share as of writing. Overall, the stock managed to realized price change of 1.79 percent during the given time period. The corresponding change in the market capitalization value of the PANAMA CITY, Panama-based Transportation sector company was from $4.57 billion to $4.65 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.

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.
The Atlanta, Georgia-based Transportation sector company Delta Air Lines (DAL) 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 Delta Air Lines ended the previous year at a price of $58.48 per share while it reached the level of $58.9 apiece as of Feb 14, 2020 translating to a percentage change in stock price of 0.72%. As of writing, the company's market-cap value stands at $38.09 billion. Few leading stock market index includes Delta Air Lines 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.

Alaska Air

Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates through three segments: Mainline, Regional, and Horizon. It has a netwo ... see Detailed Company Profile and Dividend History.
Based on the market-cap change from $8.35 billion to $8.25 billion during the given months of the year 2020 and the share price change from $67.75 per share to a price of $66.11 per share as of Feb 14, 2020, Alaska Air Group Inc (ALK) was successful in generating YTD returns of -2.42 percentage. Standing at the number ten rank in the top performing list of Airlines stocks, the Seattle, Washington-based Alaska Air is categorized as the Air Freight Delivery Services sub-sector business which falls under the larger Transportation sector. It is also a part of few famous stock indexes that are used to track the overall performance of the stock market. They include Wilshire 5000 index, S&P 500 index, and a few more broader-level indexes that are actively tracked in the market.
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