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Deep Dive: Airlines offset rise in fuel costs with ‘aggressive’ cost management

Stock action for airlines hasn’t been good this year, except for United Continental, which is up 30%. Earnings season for the group has already begun, but most are scheduled to report third-quarter results this week. Investors want airlines to show how they can overcome a dramatic rise in fuel costs.

For starters, here’s a chart showing the 10-year performance (with dividends reinvested) of the S&P 1500 Composite Index airlines subsector, against the entire index:

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(The S&P 1500 Composite Index is made up of the S&P 500 Index SPX, -0.43% the S&P 400 Mid-Cap Index MID, -0.17% and the S&P 600 Small-Cap Index SML, +0.42% )

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