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Midday Market Minute: Airline Stocks Are Flying High

Major airlines still face plenty of problems, but at least they're operating in the black. 2012 was the third straight year of profits for the industry, even though the fourth-quarter results out this week are mixed.

What's In a Ticker Symbol? More Than You Might Think

It turns out, choosing an amusing ticker symbol isn't just an exercise in fun-and-games. Several studies have found that companies with clever or catchy ticker symbols tend to perform better. Here are some examples.

Cheapest Airfares Might Be on Airlines' Own Websites

Airlines are offering more deals to passengers who book flights directly on their websites. It's an effort to steer people away from online travel agencies such as Expedia, Orbitz and Travelocity, which charge the carriers commissions of roughly $10 to $25 a ticket.

Online Travel Sites' Dirty Little Secrets

There is absolutely nothing wrong with leaning on traditional travel portals for your trip booking needs, but you still can't assume that any given site is offering you the best possible deal. Let's go over a few of the things that Priceline, Travelocity, Expedia and Orbitz would probably prefer that you don't know.

7 Ways Inflation Will Hit Americans in 2012

With the economy still trying to muster a recovery, and unemployment still around 8.5%, any price increases are painful. And just a month into 2012, a spate of headlines points to more hurt ahead. Here are seven ways inflation will be digging into your wallet this year:

How Safe Are Your Frequent Flier Miles?

If you're a fan of frequent flier miles, and the carrier you fly most goes bust, what should you do? Stick with the airline, or make a change? And what about your points? Are they still worth anything? Don't worry, American Airlines loyalists -- the answers aren't as dismal as you might expect.

American Airlines Bankruptcy: How It Will Affect You

Flying during the holidays is a harrowing experience at best, and on Tuesday, American Airlines' customers got another thing to worry about when it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. As the airline prepares to massively restructure itself, will its customers be left at the gate?