The Sell-Side Reaction To Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL)’s Recent Shift

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) shares saw a recent bid of $52.25 and 9.73M shares have exchanged hands in the recent trading session, yielding a 1.67% gain over the past week. The stock price decreased -1.43% or $0.76 versus $53.01 at the end of the prior session. This change led market cap to move at $38.04B, putting the price -2.46% below the 52-week high and 60.28% above the 52-week low. The company’s stock has a normal trading capacity of 8.48M shares while the relative volume is 1.15.

To stay one step ahead we extended our research by comparing different price targets. The stock notched a 12-month high of $61.75 while $75.00 target is by far the most aggressive out of analysts who are currently evaluating the company, $13.25 higher than the next highest 52-week price estimate. The lowest 12-month price target for the shares is $52.00, which would be decrease of about -0% of its current value. The mean target of $60.50 should be compared with the price when the stock was languishing around $32.60 a share. And it remains to be seen which target price DAL can achieve without sacrificing much as the company is holding a 24.29% gain for the past twelve months.

By historical standards, Delta Air Lines, Inc. remains a cheap stock. The company’s current price-earnings ratio amounts to 9.83 times earnings, above the average P/E ratio of 5.14 times earnings. For now, Delta Air Lines, Inc. is the toast of Wall Street as its ABR stands at 2.00 with 9 out of 16 analysts rating the stock a buy. Over the short term, some market observers may have noticed that Delta Air Lines, Inc. has a 2.02% short float with 15 days to cover. It becomes significant when you consider how many shares are shorted versus the average daily volume, means how many days to cover those short shares at that volume. Delta Air Lines, Inc. has far performed well this year, with the share price up 6.22% since January. Over the past 2 quarters, the stock is up 1.75%, compared with a gain of nearly 10.35% for 3 months and about 5.15% for the past 30 days.

Last time, the company shocked Wall Street by reporting EPS of $0.77, smashing the consensus of $0.75 per share. Revenue for the quarter also did not kill consensus, coming in at $9.15B, compared to the consensus of 9.18B. Nonetheless, from here on out, earnings per share forecasts for the current quarter are $1.64. The company is expected to report EPS as high as $1.81 and as low as $1.54 per share. Similarly, full-year EPS forecasts have ranged between $4.70 and $5.60. The mean EPS estimate is $5.23. On the other side, sales forecasts for the current quarter are $10.75B. The stock is expected to report revenue as high as $10.92B and as low as $10.64B per share. Similarly, full-year sales forecasts have ranged between $40.3B and $41.13B. The mean revenue estimate is $40.7B.

Over the last 5 years, Delta Air Lines, Inc. has averaged a 41.80% YoY EPS growth rate and a 2.50% revenue growth rate. Analysts are expecting EPS growth rates to be at 2.90% this quarter and EPS estimate for next year reflect 13.01% growth rate.

Sell-side analysts also have something to say about this company. Bernstein raised its rating on Delta Air Lines, Inc. to Outperform on 06/02/2017 in a reversal from its prior Mkt Perform rating. Cowen analysts stated on 13/01/2017 that they maintained their Outperform rating. Cowen analysts stated on 09/12/2016 that they maintained their Outperform rating. Imperial Capital analysts stated on 22/11/2016 that they maintained their In-line rating.

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