Airline Stocks Tumble Amid Ebola Fears

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Shares of major airlines dipped on Wednesday amid continuing concerns that Ebola fears would dent air travel and a broader market selloff that had the Dow plunging 400 points. The tumble in airline stocks followed news that a second nurse had been diagnosed with the disease, and that she took a Frontier Airlines flight the day before her temperature rose. Shares of American, Delta, United and Republic airways, the former parent company of Frontier Airlines, were down 4 percent in morning trading. This comes a day after airline stocks rallied, with the Bloomberg US Airlines Index rising 6.3 percent Tuesday, and a day before the industry issues its latest quarterly earnings reports. Airline stocks have fallen over 20 percent since September when Ebola first began making new headlines.


--- Ben Popken