Why Delta Air Lines Soared Higher Today

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What: Shares of Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL  ) rose 10.5% today after the company released earnings.

So what: First-quarter revenue rose 1% to $8.5 billion and met expectations from Wall Street. The company posted earnings of $7 million, or $0.01 per share, but when adjusted for one-time items the profit was $0.10 per share, four cents ahead of estimates.  

Now what: Investors were concerned that sequester cuts would eat into revenue, but the impact hasn't been very meaningful. Delta isn't terribly bullish on the next few months because of uncertainty, but leisure traffic appears to be strong, and that will drive results for the rest of 2012. I'm just not impressed enough with a $0.10-per-share profit to buy today, and I'll be looking for more revenue growth before getting bullish.

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