Delta Air Lines Stock Creeps Lower Before Earnings

The stock has taken a more than 25% haircut so far this year

Deputy Editor
Jul 11, 2022 at 12:33 PM
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Delta Air Lines, Inc (NYSE:DAL) will help kick off a highly anticipated earnings season this week, with Wall Street hoping to get hints on the state of the economy as we head into the latter part of a historically bearish year. The travel name will report second-quarter results before the open on Wednesday, July 13, with the brokerage bunch already predicting earnings of $1.66 per share on $13.24 billion in revenue.

DAL has seen mostly negative returns the day after its quarterly report, with five of its last eight next-day sessions swinging downward; however, Delta Airlines stock managed gains of 6.2% and 2.1% in April and January, respectively. The equity averaged a move of 3.3%, regardless of direction, in the last two years, with the options pits pricing in a bigger swing of 9% this time around.

At last glance, DAL is down 1.6% to trade at $29.26. The security has struggled to close above the $30 level so far this month, while its 20-day moving average has been putting pressure on the shares since early June. Year-to-date, Delta Air Lines stock sits 25.1% lower.

DAL Chart July 11

Options traders have been optimistic towards the airline name. At the the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX), the security's 10-day call/put ratio of 4.84 sits higher than 83% of readings from the past year. This means that calls are getting picked up at a much quicker-than-usual clip.


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