New Resistance Could Keep Delta Air Lines Stock Grounded

DAL recently formed a bear flag pattern

by Research Dept.

Published on Jan 29, 2019 at 10:04 AM

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE:DAL) has sat out the post-Christmas broad-market rally, with its 20-day moving average serving as a stiff ceiling in recent weeks. Plus, the shares recently formed a bearish flag pattern, suggesting more downside could be in store.

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There have been two downgrades to DAL already in January, but there's still ample room for more. Of the 13 brokerages covering the travel stock, 11 rate it a "buy" or better. There is also room for short sellers to climb aboard, as only a slim 2.8% of the security's float is currently sold short. A round of bearish brokerage notes and/or short selling could create headwinds for DAL.

DAL short-term options are attractively priced, too, from a volatility perspective. The stock's 30-day at-the-money implied volatility of 28% looks favorable relative to its one-month historical volatility of 44.8%. Plus, the stock's Schaeffer's Volatility Scorecard (SVS) sits at 77 out of a possible 100, meaning DAL has handily exceeded options traders' volatility expectations in the past year -- a boon for would-be premium buyers.

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