Foul weather from the Midwest to the Northeast in 2011 has led U.S. airlines to cancel flights at the fastest rate since 2001, Bloomberg reported Friday. Through Sept. 21, there have been nearly 104,000 canceled flights, amounting to 2.36% of the total. Adding to the problem, capacity cuts (15% since 2008) have made it harder for travelers to rebook. Over the past year, the Valuation and Risk Strategies (VRS) research team has recommended bonds issued by only one U.S. carrier: Southwest Airlines. Our Risk-to-Price (R2P) analytic measures how well a given security compensates investors for underlying market and credit risks, and Southwest's bonds were the only ones out of all the industry's securities that we score that offered superior risk-adjusted...
Companies mentioned in this report are: CSX Corp.,Southwest Airlines Co.,Union Pacific Corp.,Norfolk Southern Corp.,CSX Transportation Inc.,J.B. Hunt Transport Services Inc.,United Parcel Service Inc.
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