On May 28 the analysts at Goldman Sachs updated their views on the airports and airlines sector across the S&P/ ASX200 (ASX: XJO) and concluded one business is a particularly attractive buy.
“We believe Qantas, as the most profitable and best-funded carrier in the region, is best-placed to extend its dominant market position in what has become a more challenging operating environment for its rivals to compete.” commented the analysts in a May 28 research note.
Airline carriers have a mixed reputation as long-term investments due to the competitive nature of the industry, capital expenditure requirements, and high-fixed costs. For example even if passenger loads turn down the airlines cannot lay off pilots from flights or adjust landing fees, while rising oil prices can also send their costs rocketing.
Goldmans has a $6.74 share price target on Qantas, which means it has plenty of upside from today’s price of $5.49 if it’s on the money.
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