Airline Earnings Report: How to Play Q3

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This week is “gut check time” for the top U.S. airlines…

Tomorrow before the open, Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will report earnings.

Then Wednesday after the close, United Airlines (Nasdaq: UAL) will follow suit.

Over the last three earnings cycles, both names have dropped – all three times.


  • Delta Airlines moved down 5%, 5.7% and 1%.
  • United Airlines moved down 4%, 8% and 7%.

So as we head into these sector-moving reports, traders (like us) are asking…

How can we play this?

In my view, no matter which direction the airline sector moves headed into this week’s earnings, the answer lies with the U.S. Global Jets ETF (NYSE: JETS).
ChartFirst and foremost, the U.S. Global Jets ETF is the only exchange-traded fund dedicated solely to the airline industry.
TableFor basically $18 per share, you get exposure to a collection of the top airline stocks on the entire market.

So here’s the thinking…

Say the airline sector turns south on poor earnings from Delta and United. In this case, I’d advocate scooping up the U.S. Global Jets ETF on the dip. After all, you know a stimulus package will eventually come, which will help get this group through this difficult period.

Say the airline sector bounces on surprisingly strong earnings from Delta and United. In this case, I’d also advocate for getting some exposure to the U.S. Global Jets ETF, as this would signal that the market is encouraged by the future recovery of this sector group.

Action Plan: No matter what happens this week, establishing a position in the U.S. Global Jets ETF offers a strong risk-reward balance going forward. But let me be clear: Unlike our typical War Room trades, which could happen fast, this play carries a longer-term time frame.

This is a play on an eventual airline recovery, which could be a year out. If we get a stimulus package – or even a COVID-19 vaccine – the airlines will recover. And we can all agree that they’re not going away. So buying at these lows represents a savvy move – if you have the patience to wait it out.

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