Investors hope JetBlue Airways (Nasdaq: JBLU) will top analyst estimates once again after beating predictions by $0.04 in the previous quarter. The company will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, April 26. JetBlue Airways is a passenger airline that provides competitive fares mainly on point-to-point routes.

What analysts say:

  • Buy, sell, or hold?: Analysts are bullish on JetBlue Airways as five analysts rate it as a buy and only two analysts rate it as a sell. Analysts don't like JetBlue Airways as much as competitor US Airways Group overall. JetBlue Airways' rating hasn't changed over the past three months.
  • Revenue Forecasts: On average, analysts predict $1.19 billion in revenue this quarter. That would represent a rise of 17.8% from the year-ago quarter.
  • Wall Street Earnings Expectations: The average analyst estimate is earnings of $0.07 per share. Estimates range from $0.01 to $0.10.

What our community says:
The majority of CAPS All-Stars see JetBlue as a good bet, with 81.3% granting it an "outperform" rating. The greater community is in line with the All-Stars, as 82.1% give it a rating of "outperform." JetBlue Airways' bearish CAPS rating of two out of five stars falls short of the Fool community sentiment.

JetBlue Airways' income has fallen year-over-year by an average of 75.4% over the past five quarters. The company's gross margin shrank by 2.9 percentage points in the last quarter. Revenue rose 21.9% while cost of sales rose 27.9% to $706 million from a year earlier.

Now, a look at how efficient management has been at running the business. Margins illustrate how efficiently a company captures portions of sales dollars. JetBlue Airways has seen slipping gross margins year-over-year for the last four quarters. Gross margins reflect the total sales revenue retained after costs. Here is how JetBlue Airways has been doing for the last four quarters: 

Quarter Q4 Q3 Q2 Q1
Gross Margin 38.4% 37.7% 37.4% 37.6%
Operating Margin 7.2% 9.0% 7.5% 4.4%
Net Margin 2.0% 2.9% 2.2% 0.3%
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