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Airline Stocks Appear to “Take Off” As Travel Gains Altitude

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Airline Stocks Appear to “Take Off” As Travel Gains Altitude

As vaccinations ramp up, the U.S. Global Jets ETF (JETS) has benefitted. JETS is an airline-focused fund with 39 holdings in global airline stocks. Air travel was decimated due to the pandemic, but as more people are vaccinated there is a greater feeling of safety of traveling and not contracting the virus.

In a Seeking Alpha article, editor Jason Capul highlights JETS’s rising NAV over the past six months and strong inflows of funds. “JETS is the only true air travel-based exchange traded fund” and has outperformed the S&P 500 for the six months ended March 15. JETS’ assets under management (AUM) rose to over $4 billion as more investors bet on airline stocks and the global travel recovery.

Capul attributes some of the recent strong performance in JETS to its number one holding, Southwest Airlines, which said March’s operating revenue was better than expected. “The company has continued to experience an improvement in leisure passenger bookings with beach and other nature-inspired destinations continuing to outperform other regions,” Southwest said in a statement.

Read the latest JETS updates in this press release.

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