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How Airlines Being "Less Bad" Could be Great for Their Stock

Low expectations from airlines could actually yield slight upside in the near term, according to a note from JPMorgan, which prefers Overweight names such as American Airlines Group Inc AAL, United Continental Holdings Inc UAL and Delta Air Lines, Inc. DAL.

"Given the absence of any bona fide 'misses,' diminished investor expectations may actually yield modest equity relief in the near term, given the potential for incremental capacity cuts and 'less bad' RASM commentary as earnings season soon gets underway," analyst Jamie Baker wrote in a note to clients.

Baker noted that "cost convergence, fare unbundling, widespread consolidation, diminished new entrant activity, and return-oriented management teams have combined to form an industry that is actually managing itself for the first time we can recall. This stands in sharp contrast to the historical tendency to wage wars of attrition."