United Continental shares are volatile at best and so investors will be sure to make their voices heard today. A first-quarter loss, by itself, won’t be a big surprise because that’s usually the slowest time of year for airlines. But the combination of higher fuel prices plus weak demand for travel to Japan has investors skittish about how the rest of the year is shaping up. United Continental shares have lost 16% of their value since the day before the Japan earthquake. They were down again on Wednesday, by 63 cents, or 2.9%, to $20.95 in afternoon trading. Analysts are

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