Airline, cruise-ship stocks jump after Fauci says omicron outlook is encouraging


Airline stocks took flight Monday, as some encouraging comments from Dr. Anthony Fauci regarding the omicron variant’s severity helped calm investor fears regarding potential future travel restrictions. The U.S. Global Jets ETF JETS, +7.28% jumped 7.2% in midday trading, toward its biggest one-day gain in 13 months, with 43 of 50 equity components gaining ground. The ETF has now gained 11.3% since closing at a 13-month low on Dec. 1. Among the best performing and most-active U.S.-listed components, shares of United Airlines Holdings Inc. UAL, +10.81% climbed 11.1% in midday trading, was the S&P 500’s SPX, +1.52% second-biggest gainer and was on track for the best day since Nov. 9, 2020. Among other more-active U.S. air carriers, shares of American Airlines Group Inc. AAL, +10.73% rallied 10.2%, Delta Air Lines Inc. DAL, +8.54% ran up 8.6%, Southwest Airlines Co. LUV, +5.13% rose 5.3% and JetBlue Airways Corp. JBLU, +7.13% jumped 7.6%. The stocks’ gains come amid a broad market rally, with the S&P 500 up 1.2%.

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