Delta Air Lines Stock Brushes Off Upbeat Revenue Forecast

DAL still carries a more than 13% year-over-year deficit

Digital Content Manager
Jun 1, 2022 at 10:07 AM
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Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) is down 3.5% at $40.23 at last check, despite the company's upbeat quarterly outlook. Delta expects its second-quarter adjusted revenue to come in at pre-pandemic levels, as more customers return to travel. And though over 2,500 flights had to be canceled during the Memorial Day weekend, due to weather and Covid-19 cases among staff, the airline also lifted its operating margin outlook for the current quarter to 13%-14% -- marking upside from its initial low-end estimate. 

DAL has been choppy since a post-earning surge failed at a familiar ceiling near the $46 mark. The security was able to find its footing near the $36 level, however, while the 40-day moving average emerged as support to contain yesterday's negative price action. The equity is up 4.7% so far in 2022, but down 13.9% in the past 12 months. 

Analysts have been incredibly bullish on DAL, with all but one of the 14 in coverage calling it a "strong buy." Plus, the 12-month consensus price target of $53.94 is a 32.1% premium to current levels.

Options traders, on the other hand, have rarely been more bearish. While call volume is still outpacing put volume overall, the stock sports a 50-day put/call volume ratio at the International Securities Exchange (ISE), Cboe Options Exchange (CBOE), and NASDAQ OMX PHLX (PHLX) that stands higher than all other readings from the past year. 


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