"Our upgrade on JetBlue reflects its improved operating performance and reduced debt, which have strengthened the company's credit measures," analyst Betsy Snyder said.
Analysts added that they expect the carrier to maintain its stronger operating performance, due to lower fuel prices and keeping its credit metrics relatively stable through 2016.
The company today announced plans for two new routes serving Baltimore and Philadelphia to Florida. The service will launch in November.
Meanwhile, oil prices rebounded today, settling up 1.71%, after government data showed a drop in U.S. crude-oil and petroleum-product supplies, The Wall Street Journal reported.
U.S. commercial crude-oil inventories fell by 2.7 million barrels in the week that ended on May 15, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Analysts surveyed by The Wall Street Journal expected a 1.1 million barrel decline.
Due to rising oil prices in part because of Japan's strong economy, improving consumer confidence in Australia, and tensions in the Middle East, shares of JetBlue Airways closed down 6.8% to $20.27 on Wednesday.
Other airline sector are also plummeting, with Southwest (LUV) seeing its biggest drop in three years this afternoon and American Airlines (AAL) having its worst day since coming out of bankruptcy in 2013, Bloomberg reports.
TheStreet Ratings team rates JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORP as a Buy with a ratings score of A. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:
"We rate JETBLUE AIRWAYS CORP (JBLU) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results."