NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- American Airlines Group (AAL) - Get Report  closed Friday's trading session down 0.02% to $40.24, pressured by climbing oil prices.

Crude oil (WTI) is jumping 1.49% to $45.58 per barrel and Brent crude is also up 0.56% to $48.44 per barrel, according to the index.

Lower oil stockpiles at the Cushing, Oklahoma location was a silver lining in oil's grim futures, Reuters reports.

Traders and analysts are still bearish as oil prices are expected to return to its lows by next month.

"As U.S. refinery maintenance kicks into full gear, we're going to start seeing inventory builds instead of draws," said Tariq Zahir, a trader in crude oil spreads at Tyche Advisors

Also, American Airlines said last month that it will stop route between Philadelphia and Tel Aviv in January as it sees no profits, Bloomberg reports.

Separately, TheStreet Ratings team rates AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC as a Hold with a ratings score of C. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

We rate AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC (AAL) a HOLD. The primary factors that have impacted our rating are mixed, some indicating strength, some showing weaknesses, with little evidence to justify the expectation of either a positive or negative performance for this stock relative to most other stocks. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Looking at where the stock is today compared to one year ago, we find that it is not only higher, but it has also clearly outperformed the rise in the S&P 500 over the same period. Although other factors naturally played a role, the company's strong earnings growth was key. Despite the fact that it has already risen in the past year, there is currently no conclusive evidence that warrants the purchase or sale of this stock.
  • AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC reported significant earnings per share improvement in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has demonstrated a pattern of positive earnings per share growth over the past two years. We feel that this trend should continue. This trend suggests that the performance of the business is improving. During the past fiscal year, AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC turned its bottom line around by earning $3.92 versus -$8.48 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($8.85 versus $3.92).
  • Regardless of the drop in revenue, the company managed to outperform against the industry average of 7.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly dropped by 4.7%. The declining revenue has not hurt the company's bottom line, with increasing earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 5.17 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, AAL maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.77, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: AAL