Can This Airline Stock Sustain Pre-Earnings Momentum?

Options bulls certainly seem to think so

Digital Content Manager
Jan 9, 2024 at 12:31 PM
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Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) is headed to the earnings confessional, with results for the fourth quarter due out before the open on Friday, Jan. 12. The security is today pacing for a third-straight daily gain, last seen up 0.7% at $41.94, as it bounces off a recent pullback to the 40-day moving average, after reaching its highest level since September in December. Over the last 12 months, DAL added more than 14%. 

The airline stock doesn't have the best track record when it comes to post-earnings reactions, though. DAL finished five of the past eight next-day sessions lower, including a 2.3% drop in October. The shares averaged a move of 3% during the past two years, regardless of direction, but the options pits are pricing in a larger-than-usual swing of 6.1% this time.

DAL 40 Day

Options bulls have been overwhelmingly confident of late, per DAL's 50-day call/put volume ratio of 3.91 over at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) that ranks higher than all but 4% of readings from the past year.

Options look like a good way to go when weighing in on Delta Airlines stock, since its elevated Schaeffer's Volatility Scorecard (SVS) of 97 out of 100 means it tends to exceed volatility expectations.


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