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The cold, hard facts
AMR has been struggling financially, and trying to avoid bankruptcy, for years. In the meantime, many of its rivals took advantage of bankruptcy protection as a way to shed burdensome pension plans and reduce structural costs. Many of these carriers have returned to profitability as a result, while American Airlines has not.
Carriers who have filed previously include:
in 2002 and 2004. (NYSE: LCC)
United Continental Holdings
in 2002. (NYSE: UAL)
Delta Air Lines
in 2005. (NYSE: DAL)
AMR said that while this move was difficult, it was also necessary and would allow the carrier to become more competitive. American Airlines expects to continue operating as normal throughout bankruptcy proceedings.
What you need to know
This filing ends months of speculation about the carrier's future. Since the beginning of the year, the stock has lost nearly all of its value. At the time this article is being written, the stock is trading at $0.31 per share.
Unfortunately, with the company going into Chapter 11, AMR's shares will likely be canceled, wiping out all shareholder value. I'd sell what you can as soon as you can. While $0.31 per share is a miserable price, it's better than zero.
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