DAL - Delta Air Lines, Inc.

NYSE - NYSE Delayed Price. Currency in USD
63.09
+1.80 (+2.94%)
At close: 4:01PM EDT
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Previous Close61.29
Open61.45
Bid63.11 x 3000
Ask0.00 x 800
Day's Range61.27 - 63.11
52 Week Range45.08 - 63.27
Volume7,002,681
Avg. Volume5,122,438
Market Cap41.021B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.30
PE Ratio (TTM)9.41
EPS (TTM)6.70
Earnings DateOct 9, 2019 - Oct 14, 2019
Forward Dividend & Yield1.61 (2.63%)
Ex-Dividend Date2019-07-24
1y Target Est69.84
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    If last quarter's numbers from Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) and United Airlines Holdings (NASDAQ:UAL) are an early indication, then then Thursday's Q2 report from Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) should prove bullish for an otherwise lethargic LUV stock. Shares of the rival carrier have underperformed DAL and UAL stock in a big way since early last year.Source: Shutterstock On the other hand, even with the decidedly disparate performance, the current LUV stock price near $53 leaves shares oddly overvalued compared to most of its peers.The upcoming event may well put Southwest stock on course for a higher altitude, but the airline will have to bring a big-time 'wow' factor to the table to shake the stock out of its funk.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips Southwest Earnings OutlookDelta's second-quarter top and bottom lines were both better than expected. Ditto for United Airlines. Indeed, most of the airlines that have posted second-quarter numbers have managed to impress investors. * 7 Stocks to Buy This Summer Earnings Season The backdrop serves as a double-edged sword for Southwest, which is slated to share its Q2 results on Thursday morning, July 25.The industry's wave of success suggests Southwest also top expectations, but should it fall short, the shortfall will look relatively worse considering other airlines didn't bump into a headwind.To that end, the bar is set more or less on par with how those other airlines fared. Analysts are calling for earnings of $1.34 per share for the quarter ending in June, versus the $1.26 per share of LUV stock reported in the same quarter a year earlier. Analysts are looking for a top line of $5.93 billion, on average, up 3.3% from the year-earlier figure of $5.74 billion.Beyond the raw numbers, investors may largely end up making buy/sell decisions based on a trio of more obscure criteria. Things to Watch in LUV Stock's Earnings1.Impact of Boeing 737 DebacleThe 737 MAX from commercial jet maker Boeing (NYSE:BA) has been grounded in the United States, and in other select areas all over the world. It's arguably been the biggest disruption any airline has been forced to tangle with this year.Southwest has adapted, though not elegantly. The company has stopped hiring and promoting pilots, and has also been forced to cancel flights that can't be cost-effectively handled by other aircraft. With the 34 of the 737 MAX 8 jets in its fleet now grounded until early November, Southwest -- the biggest single user of the jet -- must continue to handle the logistical nightmare.2.PRASMPRASM, short for passenger revenue per available seat mile, will paint a more accurate picture of Southwest's quarter without penalizing it for its dependency on the 737 MAX 8.A quarter earlier, Southwest's PRASM grew 2% to 12.52 cents, while total revenue per available seat mile improved 2.7% to $13.59 cents. During the second quarter of this year, United Airline's PRASM grew 2.5%. Delta's figure improved along those same lines.3.Operating expensesAt the other end of the spectrum, LUV stock holders will want to measure the airline's costs incurred in ferrying the passengers sitting in its planes' seats.That's best measured with a metric called CASM, or cost per available seat-mile. 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But just because the market's rally may be in its final innings doesn't mean wagering profitably in the stock market isn't possible.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Tech Stocks That Are Still Worth Your Time (And Money) Let's now take a look at the price charts of NFLX stock, HD stock and DAL stock and appreciate how a more bearish trend can be an equally friendly and profitable environment for investors taking advantage of today's topping patterns into tomorrow and beyond. Netflix (NFLX) Click to EnlargeNFLX is the first of our large-cap stocks for shorting. As any investor with even a passing interest in the market knows, Netflix's latest quarterly report which featured surprisingly weak subscription data, didn't sit too well with Wall Street. But the worst may be yet to come.While the S&P 500 has enjoyed its astonishing run, NFLX stock is up a staggering 6,300% since the financial crisis in 2009. But rather than just being dismissive of this amazing rally and betting blindly on the notion all trends do eventually end, this large-cap stock is giving bearish investors a technical-based heads up.Netflix's weekly chart shows shares have just confirmed a lower high after Thursday's post-earnings sell-off. The price action was severe enough to also break below key support put together during 2019. It's looking bad to say the least.With this large-cap stock's bearishly-positioned stochastics and Bollinger Bands just opening up from a pinched position, it's time to short NFLX stock. My recommendation is to place a 6% blended technical and dollar-based stop-loss and look to take initial profits around $250 as shares challenge the December lows. Home Depot (HD) Click to EnlargeHome Depot is the next of our large-cap stocks for bearish investors. 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Delta (DAL) Click to EnlargeShares of Delta are the last of our three large-cap stocks to short. DAL stock has also been flying high over the past ten years with returns reaching over 1,100%. Over the past couple years those gains have been the result of a bullish-looking channel. I've provided a weekly chart to target a proper short in DAL.With Delta stock in a testing position of pattern resistance and stochastics in overbought territory, the likelihood of a pullback is high. Admittedly, my technical forecast for the airline isn't nearly as gloomy as it is for NFLX or HD, and I suspect Delta's bullish trend will eventually continue. Right here, right now though, DAL stock is on the radar for shorting.My recommendation for shorting this large-cap stock is to wait for a candlestick topping candle to be confirmed. 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