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What: Shares of air cargo specialist Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings
So what: Driven largely by 30% growth in its main leasing segment, Atlas posted fourth-quarter earnings of $1.58 per share, versus the average analyst estimate of just $1.34 per share. Naturally, cargo haulers have been benefiting greatly from the steadily improving global economy, with airfreight traffic having already exceeded pre-crisis levels.
Now what: Don't let today's rally scare you completely away from Atlas. The shares might be soaring now, but when you factor in management's full-year profit guidance boost, Atlas still trades at a reasonable forward P/E of 12.5. Of course, with a beta of 2.5, investors should expect some turbulence along the way.
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