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Airline Stocks Are Coming in for a Hard Landing: Najarian

Jeff Macke
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In a country sharply divided by political ideology, race, age, sexual orientation and cats versus dogs, it's comforting to remember there are some things in which we all agree. Americans are pro Freedom in a vague way. We're against earaches, aging and automated customer support centers.

Above all, as a unified body of 300 million, we despise waiting at airports for no reason. If it makes us seem like a nation of spoiled brats, that's fine as long as our flights leave roughly on time.

The only people unaware of this hatred are the politicians and FAA officials inflicting flight delays on us all. The pols point across the aisle, the FAA swears it's not intentionally slowing down service despite it being in their financial interest to do so, and airline lobbyists are already suing the government. All this and the cutbacks haven't been in place for a week.

It shouldn't come as any surprise that the politicians are already showing signs of caving in on the forced cutbacks to the FAA. What is surprising is most airline stocks are having a big week on decent earnings news and continued momentum.

Jon Najarian, co-founder of OptionMonster.com, says neither the flight delays nor the airline stock rally are built to last. "The flying public is not just the dumb public," says Najarian in the attached clip. "Many of them, business travelers in particular, are raising a lot of noise about (the delays) and this will end very quickly."

Investors may be getting excited over the the sequestration delays ending before making a meaningful mark on industry earnings, but Najarian thinks it's time to grab a parachute and jump out of these stocks.

"They're up triple, so a beta of three to the S&P right now; that's outperformance that's probably not going to last." His favorites are Delta (DAL) and US Airways (LCC). He's particularly skeptical of United Continental (UAL) despite the company's earnings beating the Street this morning.

"Get back in on any 15% correction," he advises, "we saw one of those already this year in the airlines. I think we're about to see another."

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