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Delta Air Lines (DAL) Gains But Lags Market: What You Should Know

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Delta Air Lines (DAL - Free Report) closed the most recent trading day at $36.38, moving +0.14% from the previous trading session. This change lagged the S&P 500's 0.99% gain on the day.

Prior to today's trading, shares of the airline had gained 6.45% over the past month. This has outpaced the Transportation sector's loss of 2.37% and the S&P 500's gain of 0.42% in that time.

Investors will be hoping for strength from Delta Air Lines as it approaches its next earnings release. In that report, analysts expect Delta Air Lines to post earnings of $2.05 per share. This would mark year-over-year growth of 42.36%. Meanwhile, the Zacks Consensus Estimate for revenue is projecting net sales of $14.8 billion, up 7.07% from the year-ago period.

DAL's full-year Zacks Consensus Estimates are calling for earnings of $5.40 per share and revenue of $55.27 billion. These results would represent year-over-year changes of +68.75% and +9.27%, respectively.

Investors should also note any recent changes to analyst estimates for Delta Air Lines. These revisions typically reflect the latest short-term business trends, which can change frequently. As such, positive estimate revisions reflect analyst optimism about the company's business and profitability.

Based on our research, we believe these estimate revisions are directly related to near-team stock moves. We developed the Zacks Rank to capitalize on this phenomenon. Our system takes these estimate changes into account and delivers a clear, actionable rating model.

Ranging from #1 (Strong Buy) to #5 (Strong Sell), the Zacks Rank system has a proven, outside-audited track record of outperformance, with #1 stocks returning an average of +25% annually since 1988. Over the past month, the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate remained stagnant. Delta Air Lines currently has a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold).

Looking at its valuation, Delta Air Lines is holding a Forward P/E ratio of 6.73. Its industry sports an average Forward P/E of 10.07, so we one might conclude that Delta Air Lines is trading at a discount comparatively.

We can also see that DAL currently has a PEG ratio of 0.19. This popular metric is similar to the widely-known P/E ratio, with the difference being that the PEG ratio also takes into account the company's expected earnings growth rate. The Transportation - Airline industry currently had an average PEG ratio of 0.33 as of yesterday's close.

The Transportation - Airline industry is part of the Transportation sector. This group has a Zacks Industry Rank of 55, putting it in the top 22% of all 250+ industries.

The Zacks Industry Rank gauges the strength of our industry groups by measuring the average Zacks Rank of the individual stocks within the groups. Our research shows that the top 50% rated industries outperform the bottom half by a factor of 2 to 1.

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