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

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 up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Delta Air Lines fell $0.63 (-3.3%) to $18.70 on average volume. Throughout the day, 14,857,456 shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 11,362,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $18.52-$19.64 after having opened the day at $19.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $19.33. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Newlead Holdings ( NEWL), down 7.1%, Gol Intelligent Airlines ( GOL), down 4.6%, Greenbrier Companies ( GBX), down 3.9% and United Continental Holdings ( UAL), down 3.9%.

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 $16.3 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 60.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. 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, Era Group ( ERA), up 25.7%, Eagle Bulk Shipping ( EGLE), up 8.0%, Golar LNG ( GLNG), up 7.8% and TOP Ships ( TOPS), up 6.4% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with Alaska Air Group ( ALK) being today's featured transportation industry leader.

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