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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?

Santa's Customer Service List: Who's Naughty, Who's Nice

When it comes to how they treat their customers, some companies follow Santa-like policies. Others are more like the Grinch. But which is which? Consumer Reports offers the skinny on how a number of high-profile businesses behave with its Naughty & Nice Holiday List. Here's a rundown:

7 Shopping Dos and Don'ts for September

If August is all about scoring deals on backpacks and other back-to-school items, then what should you buy in September? The editors at DealNews took a look at historical data and came up with the best and worst things to buy this month.

MLB Soars to 30,000 Feet with In-Flight Live Streaming

Take me up to the ball game -- thanks to a new offering from broadband provider Row 44, baseball fanatics won't have to miss one tobacco spit or big hit while flying, because Major League Baseball will stream games to airline passengers' WiFi devices.

3 Ways to Get More Back From Your Plastic

Credit cards can destroy your financial life, if you're not careful. But choose the right one -- a card that fits with how you spend your money and what you like as a reward -- pay your balance in full each month, and you can turn ordinary, necessary expenditures into real life-enhancers.

Why Airlines Hiked Fares Over the Weekend

Airlines are tossing consumers aside and grabbing the benefit of lower federal taxes on travel tickets. By Saturday night, nearly all the major U.S. airlines had raised fares to offset taxes that expired the night before.

Worthy Credit Card Deals Abound for Creditworthy

Credit card companies are tripping over themselves to attract big spending, timely payers. The credit industry mavens at CardHub.com report that there credit cards than ever offering higher initial rewards bonuses -- for people with credit scores above 700.

5 Dividend Stocks You Can Rely on in a Slow Economy

Companies with strong balance sheets and high dividends will be among the few safe investment harbors if the economy continues to cool -- and given today's conditions, it's hard to imagine how the recent stock market rally could last much longer. Here are five dividend stocks that should keep paying strong returns.

Southwest Remains No. 1 for Airline Customer Service

The American Customer Satisfaction Index's annual report on airlines showed Southwest still on top of the rankings, and far ahead of No. 2 Continental. Southwest even improved its score, a rare bright spot in an industry that came in last overall in customer satisfaction among those the ACSI rates.

Keep Baggage Fees in Check as Airline Profits Soar

New data shows that airlines collected a whopping $3.4 billion in bag fees last year - a 24% hike from the year before. Good for them, but fliers certainly aren't jumping for joy. Before you hop on your next flight, here's how to keep baggage costs to a minimum.

Airline Profits Forecast to Fall as Fares Keep Rising

The International Air Transport Association has cut its 2011 profit forecast for the industry in half, and fares are on the rise. The IATA downgraded its 2011 airline industry profit forecast to $4 billion -- 54% less than its March forecast and 78% less than the industry netted in 2010.

Fly the Hungry Skies: Continental Drops Free Pretzels

The United-Continental merger was supposed to bring together the best of both carriers, but it doesn't always work that way. Continental is following United's lead and eliminating its free pretzels. But there are still a few options for flyers seeking free munchies -- and some of them are mighty tasty.