deltaTomahawk, WI 4/2/2013 (Expedated) – Who is hot and who is not, here is a look at several of the day’s volume leaders.

 Vodafone Group Public Limited Company (VOD) is a British cellphone company which owns 45 percent of Verizon Wireless. Today the stock traded three times its daily average seeing some 36 plus million shares change hands.  Why the big volume? It has been rumored that Verizon Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. are looking at making a joint bid for Vodafone.

Also adding to the reasoning is the fact that Verizon Communications owns the 55 percent of Verizon Wireless that Vodafone doesn’t won. There has been no secret that they have been openly interested in buying out Vodafone for a long time. Adding to the rumor is the  speculation that AT&T is interested in international expansion, but there has been no official comment from the either company.

The Financial Times reported that if the deal were made, Verizon would get Vodafone’s stake in Verizon Wireless, while AT&T would take over the rest of Vodafone, which has widespread international interests. It operates in Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and India, among other countries. The London-based newspaper put the value of the bid at $245 billion, which would make it the largest corporate deal ever.

 It is that time of year in the northern regions of the United States that we are really ready to have spring finally get here or go somewhere warm. Delta (NYSE: DAL  ) has been very active today but it was not  a good active as the stock is down some 7% as we near the bell. This is in stark contrast to what has recently been going on in the airline industry as we have seen big gains in value over the last year or so as Delta was up by 33%, United Continental‘s (NYSE: UAL  ) by 28%, and US Airways Group‘s (NYSE: LCC  ) by 19%.

According to an analyst quoted by Bloomberg, “The same factors that made airlines uninvestable for years — too much capacity, too much debt — are the opposite now and make them attractive. I’m not going to shy away from an industry just because it has a bad history.”

One of the reasons for the reality check is that Delta reported disappointing traffic figures for the month of March and cut its first-quarter revenue forecast. The company’s president had previously predicted that first-quarter passenger revenue per available seat mile which is a key metric in the industry, would increase between 4.5% and 5.5% in the first three months of the year, which would give the company a gain of between 4% and 4.5% in March. But in todays report the actual figure came in at 2% which is a far cry from the expected.

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