Why Delta Air Lines (DAL) Stock Is Declining Today

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Delta Air Lines (DAL) shares are down 1% to $36.58 on Monday as the effect of the fear of the spread of Ebola has hurt airline stocks in trading today.

Anxiety about the disease reached a fever pitch over the weekend after a passenger was removed from an international United Airlines (UAL)  plane from Brussels that landed in Newark, due to fears that he had the disease after he began exhibiting symptoms.

It was later reported that the passenger was suffering from a "minor treatable condition unrelated to Ebola," according to the New Jersey Department of Health.

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TheStreet Ratings team rates DELTA AIR LINES INC as a Buy with a ratings score of A-. TheStreet Ratings Team has this to say about their recommendation:

"We rate DELTA AIR LINES INC (DAL) a BUY. This is based on the convergence of positive investment measures, which should help this stock outperform the majority of stocks that we rate. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels, solid stock price performance, revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows low profit margins."

Highlights from the analysis by TheStreet Ratings Team goes as follows:

  • Compared to other companies in the Airlines industry and the overall market, DELTA AIR LINES INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 45.48% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, DAL should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 45.8%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 9.4%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.85, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. Even though the company has a strong debt-to-equity ratio, the quick ratio of 0.41 is very weak and demonstrates a lack of ability to pay short-term obligations.
  • You can view the full analysis from the report here: DAL Ratings Report
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