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 0.7%. By the end of trading, Delta Air Lines fell $0.51 (-1.6%) to $31.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 15,728,791 shares of Delta Air Lines exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 13,175,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $30.88-$31.39 after having opened the day at $31.27 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $31.58. Other companies within the Transportation industry that declined today were: Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings ( AAWW), down 12.8%, Globus Maritime ( GLBS), down 6.5%, Controladora Vuela Compania de Aviacion SAB ( VLRS), down 5.8% and Seanergy Maritime Holdings ( SHIP), down 5.2%.

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 $26.9 billion and is part of the services sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate Delta Air Lines a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Delta Air Lines as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth and revenue growth. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, Sino-Global Shipping America ( SINO), up 7.0%, Roadrunner Transportation Systems ( RRTS), up 3.5%, Box Ships ( TEU), up 3.4% and Golar LNG ( GLNG), up 2.5% , were all gainers within the transportation industry with Norfolk Southern Corporation ( NSC) being today's featured transportation industry leader.

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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