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Check out the companies making headlines in midday trading Friday:
United Airlines, American Airlines - Airline stocks were hit hard during Friday's sell-off, as the new Covid variant sparked travel restrictions. Shares of United and American dropped more than 12% and 11%, respectively. Delta lost about 11%, and aircraft maker Boeing slid more than 7%.
Marriott International, Airbnb — Travel stocks took a hit after news of the new Covid variant. Hotel stocks Marriott and Hilton retreated more than 10% and 8%, respectively. Airbnb fell more than 5%. Expedia sunk more than 11%.
Carnival, Royal Caribbean — Cruise line stocks also retreated as Covid fears swelled. Carnival shed more than 12%, Norwegian Cruise Line sunk roughly 13%, and Royal Caribbean fell more than 11%.