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Ryanair fancied ahead of ‘make or break’ summer - UBS analyst

Ryanair and EasyJet are among the Swiss bank's 'buy' stocks in the airline sector, which has overall "performed negatively".
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Ryanair shares were on the front foot on Thursday

Ryanair Holdings PLC (LON:RYA) is named among the ‘buy’ recommendations of UBS which sees the summer (the third quarter) as a “make or break” period for the airlines.

“The European Airline sector has performed negatively (Eurotop 300 is flat vs the MSCI EU airlines down c2%) due to negative earnings momentum,” said analyst Jarrod Castle.

“However, if summer delivers despite oil price increase we think the airlines can still end the year in positive territory.”

READ: Ryanair warns on further staff disruptions, lower fares and Brexit uncertainty

UBS, in a statistical analysis of the sector, highlighted that data suggests that long haul capacity across the sector will grow in the third quarter by 7.5%, while short haul will increase by 4.5% - and that both figures are below market expectations.

At the same time, the data from airlines covered by UBS suggests 4.4% average growth.

Ryanair and easyJet Plc (LON:EZJ) are among the few fancied names at UBS, both are rated as ‘buys’ - the former carries a €18.50 price target and the latter’s target is set at 1,800p.

In Thursday’s deals, Ryanair shares gained 0.96% to trade at €15.80 and easyJet advanced 1.21% to 1,678p.

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