Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL): Today's Featured Transportation Laggard

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Delta Air Lines ( DAL) pushed the Transportation industry lower today making it today's featured Transportation laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Delta Air Lines fell $0.96 (-5.1%) to $17.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 19,982,472 shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,868,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $17.63-$18.88 after having opened the day at $18.73 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $18.66. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: FreeSeas ( FREE), down 8.9%, Genco Shipping & Trading ( GNK), down 8.0%, Teekay Tankers ( TNK), down 7.8% and Knightsbridge Tankers ( VLCCF), down 6.5%.
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Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. Its route network is centered around a system of hub and international gateway airports in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Detroit, Memphis, Minneapolis-St. Delta Air Lines has a market cap of $15.5 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 17.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, revenue growth and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, DS Torm ( TRMD), down 61.9%, Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 10.3%, Ultrapetrol Bahamas ( ULTR), down 9.2% and Arkansas Best Corporation ( ABFS), down 9.0%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the transportation industry could consider iShares Dow Jones Transportation ( IYT) while those bearish on the transportation industry could consider ProShares UltraShort Industrials ( SIJ).

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