Earnings Outlook: United Airlines earnings: can profit beat expectations for fifth-straight quarter?

United Airlines parent United Continental Holdings Inc. is scheduled to reveal first-quarter results on Monday, after the market closes, with Wall Street analysts expecting a year-over-year decline in profit per share for a fifth straight quarter.

The air carrier’s UAL, -1.23%recent investor update, in which the company said March close-in traffic was “better than expected,” suggests bottom-line results could beat consensus expectations, also for a fifth straight quarter.

The update, which was released on Monday, helped assuage some investor concerns in the aftermath of the public relations fiasco over the weekend, in which videos of a passenger being forcibly removed from a United plane, after refusing to be reaccommodated to a later flight, went viral.

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