Will Delta Air Lines Surge Higher?

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With shares of Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) trading around $14, is DAL an OUTPERFORM, WAIT AND SEE or STAY AWAY? Let’s analyze the stock with the relevant sections of our CHEAT SHEET investing framework:

T = Trends for a Stock’s Movement

Delta Air Lines 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. The company also provides aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services for other aviation and airline customers, as well as offers staffing services, professional security and training services. As air transportation is becoming increasingly more popular, Delta Air Lines is poised to capitalize into the future.

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T = Technicals on the Stock Chart are Mixed

Delta Air Lines has been a stagnant stock over the last five years. The stock seems to be getting ready to break higher as it is penetrating the top end of its multi-year range. Analyzing the price trend and its strength can be done using key simple moving averages. What are the key moving averages? The 50-day (pink), 100-day (blue), and 200-day (yellow) simple moving averages. As seen in the daily price chart below, Delta Air Lines is trading around its rising key averages which signal neutral to bullish price action in the near-term.

DAL

(Source: Thinkorswim)

Taking a look at the implied volatility (red) and implied volatility skew levels of Delta Air Lines options may help determine if investors are bullish, neutral, or bearish.

Implied Volatility (IV)

30-Day IV Percentile

90-Day IV Percentile

Delta Air Lines Options

49.45%

96%

90%

What does this mean? This means that investors or traders are buying a very significant amount of call and put options contracts, as compared to the last 30 and 90 trading days.

Put IV Skew

Call IV Skew

May Options

Average

Average

June Options

Average

Average

As of today, there is an average demand from call buyers or sellers and average demand from put buyers or sellers, all neutral over the next two months. To summarize, investors are buying a very significant amount of call and put option contracts and are leaning neutral over the next two months.

On the next page, let’s take a look at the earnings and revenue growth rates and the conclusion.

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