JetBlue May load factor 86.0% vs. 85.8% a year ago

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JetBlue’s stock jumps after profit beats expectations, revenue rises in line

Shares of JetBlue Airways Corp. rallied 2.5% in premarket trade Tuesday, after the air carrier reported first-quarter earnings that beat expectations and revenue that matched, while load factor fell shy. Net income fell to $42 million, or 14 cents a share, from $90 million, or 28 cents a share, in the same period a year ago. Excluding non-recurring items, adjusted EPS was 16 cents, above the FactSet consensus of 12 cents. Revenue grew 6.7% to $1.87 billion, in line with the FactSet consensus. Revenue per available seat mile (RASM) fell 3.1%. The FactSet revenue consensus was $1.87 billion. Load factor fell to 82.5% from 84.6%, below the FactSet consensus of 82.9%. For the second quarter, JetBlue expects RASM growth of 1.0% to 4.0% and capacity to increase 4.5% to 6.5%. The stock has gained 4.8% year to date through Monday, while the NYSE Arca Airline Index [s; xx:xal] ahs climbed 12.6% and the S&P 500 has advanced 16.0%.

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