US Airways Group (NYSE: LCC) and JetBlue Airways Corporation (NASDAQ:JBLU) are both industrials companies, but which is the better stock? We will compare the two companies based on the strength of their earnings, risk, valuation, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and analyst recommendations.

Profitability

This table compares US Airways Group and JetBlue Airways Corporation’s net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Airways Group N/A N/A N/A
JetBlue Airways Corporation 9.78% 16.75% 6.99%

Analyst Ratings

This is a summary of recent ratings and recommmendations for US Airways Group and JetBlue Airways Corporation, as reported by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Airways Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
JetBlue Airways Corporation 1 8 5 0 2.29

JetBlue Airways Corporation has a consensus target price of $25.27, suggesting a potential upside of 35.15%. Given JetBlue Airways Corporation’s higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe JetBlue Airways Corporation is more favorable than US Airways Group.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

84.5% of JetBlue Airways Corporation shares are owned by institutional investors. 0.6% of JetBlue Airways Corporation shares are owned by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares US Airways Group and JetBlue Airways Corporation’s top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
US Airways Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
JetBlue Airways Corporation $6.82 billion 0.90 $1.54 billion $1.97 9.49

JetBlue Airways Corporation has higher revenue and earnings than US Airways Group.

Summary

JetBlue Airways Corporation beats US Airways Group on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About US Airways Group

US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways Group) is a holding company whose primary business activity is the operation of a network air carrier through its wholly owned subsidiaries US Airways, Piedmont Airlines, Inc. (Piedmont), PSA Airlines, Inc. (PSA), Material Services Company, Inc. (MSC) and Airways Assurance Limited (AAL). MSC and AAL operate in support of its airline subsidiaries in areas, such as the procurement of aviation fuel and insurance. Effective December 9, 2013, AMR Corp merged with US Airways Group Inc.

About JetBlue Airways Corporation

JetBlue Airways Corporation is a passenger carrier company. The Company provides air transportation services across the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America. Its segments include Domestic, and Caribbean & Latin America. It operates various kinds of aircrafts, including Airbus A321, Airbus A320 and Embraer E190. It also provides premium transcontinental product called Mint. As of December 31, 2016, Mint included 16 fully lie-flat seats, four of which were in suites with a privacy door. The Company also provides Fly-Fi in-flight Internet service across its Airbus fleet. It provides its customers a choice to purchase tickets from three branded fares, which include Blue, Blue Plus and Blue Flex. Each of these fare include different offerings, such as free checked bags, reduced change fees and additional TrueBlue points. As of December 31, 2016, its Airbus A321 aircraft in a single cabin layout had 200 seats and those with Mint premium service had a seating capacity of 159 seats.

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