US Airways Shares Jumped: What You Need to Know

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Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.

What: Shares of US Airways Group (NYS: LCC) jumped 10% in early trading after being upgraded by an analyst.

So what:Barclays analyst Gary Chase upgraded the stock this morning, saying the company's stock has underperformed competitors this year. There have also been rumors that US Airways would be a good suitor for the recently bankrupt American Airlines parent AMR (NYS: AMR) .

Now what: United Continental (NYS: UAL) and Delta (NYS: DAL) are also trading higher today, partly because JPMorgan (NYS: JPM) raised its outlook for airlines. I guess analysts have to update their models after AMR's bankruptcy, but the airline business still makes me queasy. I wouldn't touch any of these stocks -- no matter what analysts say -- because long-term airlines still make a very bad investment.

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