Delta Airlines Still A STRONG BUY For ValuEngine

For today’s bulletin, we take a look at Delta Airlines $DAL. We also provide a link to download a FREE STOCK REPORT on the company.

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Today, we take yet another look at an airline which is top-rated by our models. This pick is driven by the chaos this weekend due to a loss of power at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, the main hub for Delta Airlines (DAL).

Delta Air Lines, Inc. is a major American airline with its headquarters on the northern boundary of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, within the city limits of Atlanta. Delta started operation by crop dusting and flying mail and then introduced passenger service. Delta’s business is focused on making global connections, flying people and cargo throughout the United States and around the world. Delta Air Lines offers customers service to more destinations than any global airline with Delta and Delta Connection carrier service. Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. Delta has added more international capacity than all other U.S. airlines combined and is the leader across the Atlantic.

Airlines will probably take a small, albeit temporary hit to the bottom line thanks to this weekend’s power outage in Atlanta. A fire burned out the main and backup power feeds at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, and “hijinx” ensued for stranded traveler’s left without flights, food, and, perhaps most important–open bars.

While some assumed the worst–eg terrorism–the cause of this mess seems, as of this writing, to have been poor planning. Yes, the airport had redundant power cabling. Unfortunately, someone decided that the best place for the back up cables was @6 inches next to the primary power cables. So, the fire this weekend burned both the primary AND the back up cabling and the airport was plunged into darkness and chaos.

This, of course, is not the airline tenants’ fault. This is a failure at a different level. Once again we see that there are real issues with critical infrastructure within the US. What makes this even more concerning is that one would assume that major airports would be the most hardened facilities when it comes to potential terrorist attacks. Surely, cutting the power to an airport would be of concern in such a scenario.

It will take a while to see if this few days’ disruption in Atlanta will harm Delta’s earnings in any meaningful way. Meanwhile, our models remain enamored with the fundamentals for Delta–and many other airlines.

ValuEngine continues its STRONG BUY recommendation on Delta Airlines for 2017-12-18. Based on the information we have gathered and our resulting research, we feel that Delta Airlines has the probability to OUTPERFORM average market performance for the next year. The company exhibits ATTRACTIVE Company Size and Sharpe Ratio.

You can download a free copy of detailed report onDelta Airlines (DAL) from the link below.

ValuEngine Forecast
1-Month 56.74 1.20%
3-Month 57.92 3.29%
6-Month 58.98 5.20%
1-Year 64.13 14.37%
2-Year 73.19 30.53%
3-Year 81.86 46.00%
Valuation & Rankings
Valuation 23.48% overvalued Valuation Rank(?) 20
1-M Forecast Return 1.20% 1-M Forecast Return Rank 100
12-M Return 11.21% Momentum Rank(?) 52
Sharpe Ratio 1.17 Sharpe Ratio Rank(?) 93
5-Y Avg Annual Return 33.32% 5-Y Avg Annual Rtn Rank 95
Volatility 28.44% Volatility Rank(?) 54
Expected EPS Growth 7.87% EPS Growth Rank(?) 32
Market Cap (billions) 46.93 Size Rank 98
Trailing P/E Ratio 11.41 Trailing P/E Rank(?) 90
Forward P/E Ratio 10.58 Forward P/E Ratio Rank 82
PEG Ratio 1.45 PEG Ratio Rank 35
Price/Sales 1.16 Price/Sales Rank(?) 66
Market/Book 3.35 Market/Book Rank(?) 38
Beta 1.26 Beta Rank 27
Alpha -0.14 Alpha Rank 31


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