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How to buy Delta Air Lines stock

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Delta Air Lines, Inc is an airlines business based in the US. Delta Air Lines shares (DAL) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Delta Air Lines employs 91,000 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$34.1 billion.

How to buy shares in Delta Air Lines

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Delta Air Lines Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: DAL. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Delta Air Lines reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Delta Air Lines, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Delta Air Lines. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Delta Air Lines share price

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Delta Air Lines shares at a glance

Information last updated 2020-08-31.
52-week rangeUSD$18.62 - USD$62.48
50-day moving average USD$27.5069
200-day moving average USD$30.1089
Wall St. target priceUSD$35.47
PE ratio 4.8622
Dividend yield USD$1.61 (6.98%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$5.43

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Is it a good time to buy Delta Air Lines stock?

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Delta Air Lines price performance over time

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Is Delta Air Lines under- or over-valued?

Valuing Delta Air Lines stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Delta Air Lines's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Delta Air Lines's P/E ratio

Delta Air Lines's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 5x. In other words, Delta Air Lines shares trade at around 5x recent earnings.

That's relatively low compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The low P/E ratio could mean that investors are pessimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're under-valued.

Delta Air Lines's PEG ratio

Delta Air Lines's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 0.6834. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Delta Air Lines's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Delta Air Lines's EBITDA

Delta Air Lines's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$3.1 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Delta Air Lines's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Delta Air Lines financials

Revenue TTM USD$34.1 billion
Operating margin TTM 2.6%
Gross profit TTM USD$12.9 billion
Return on assets TTM 0.82%
Return on equity TTM -32.29%
Profit margin -10.74%
Book value $13.679
Market capitalisation USD$20.4 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Delta Air Lines shares

There are currently 20.9 million Delta Air Lines shares held short by investors – that's known as Delta Air Lines's "short interest". This figure is 21.9% down from 26.8 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Delta Air Lines shares can be evaluated.

Delta Air Lines's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Delta Air Lines's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Delta Air Lines shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Delta Air Lines shares traded daily (recently around 23.5 million). Delta Air Lines's SIR currently stands at 0.89. In other words for every 100,000 Delta Air Lines shares traded daily on the market, roughly 890 shares are currently held short.

However Delta Air Lines's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Delta Air Lines shares, or, against the total number of tradable Delta Air Lines shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Delta Air Lines's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Delta Air Lines shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0329% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Delta Air Lines shares, roughly 33 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Delta Air Lines.

Find out more about how you can short Delta Air Lines stock.

Delta Air Lines's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Delta Air Lines.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Delta Air Lines's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 29.82

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Delta Air Lines's overall score of 29.82 (as at 07/01/2020) is pretty good – landing it in it in the 39th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Delta Air Lines is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Delta Air Lines's environmental score

Environmental score: 13.8/100

Delta Air Lines's environmental score of 13.8 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Delta Air Lines is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Delta Air Lines's social score

Social score: 15.84/100

Delta Air Lines's social score of 15.84 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that Delta Air Lines is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

Delta Air Lines's governance score

Governance score: 7.68/100

Delta Air Lines's governance score puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. That could suggest that Delta Air Lines is a leader in its sector when it comes to responsible management and strategy, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

Delta Air Lines's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Delta Air Lines scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Delta Air Lines has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Delta Air Lines, Inc was last rated for ESG on: 2020-07-01.

Total ESG score 29.82
Total ESG percentile 39.16
Environmental score 13.8
Environmental score percentile 7
Social score 15.84
Social score percentile 7
Governance score 7.68
Governance score percentile 7
Level of controversy 2

Delta Air Lines share dividends

29%

Dividend payout ratio: 29% of net profits

Recently Delta Air Lines has paid out, on average, around 29% of net profits as dividends. That has enabled analysts to estimate a "forward annual dividend yield" of 6.98% of the current stock value. This means that over a year, based on recent payouts (which are sadly no guarantee of future payouts), Delta Air Lines shareholders could enjoy a 6.98% return on their shares, in the form of dividend payments. In Delta Air Lines's case, that would currently equate to about $1.61 per share.

While Delta Air Lines's payout ratio might seem fairly standard, it's worth remembering that Delta Air Lines may be investing much of the rest of its net profits in future growth.

Delta Air Lines's most recent dividend payout was on 12 March 2020. The latest dividend was paid out to all shareholders who bought their shares by 19 February 2020 (the "ex-dividend date").

Delta Air Lines share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Delta Air Lines's shares have ranged in value from as little as $18.62 up to $62.48. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

DAL.US volatility(beta: 1.18)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Delta Air Lines's is 1.1753. This would suggest that Delta Air Lines's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Delta Air Lines overview

Delta Air Lines, Inc. provides scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo in the United States and internationally. The company operates through two segments, Airline and Refinery. Its domestic network centered on core hubs in Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Detroit, and Salt Lake City, as well as coastal hub positions in Boston, Los Angeles, New York-LaGuardia, New York-JFK, and Seattle; and international network centered on hubs and market presence in Amsterdam, London-Heathrow, Mexico City, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, and Seoul-Incheon. The company sells its tickets through various distribution channels, including delta.com and the Fly Delta app, telephone reservations, online travel agencies, traditional brick and mortar, and other agencies. It also provides aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul services; and vacation packages to third-party consumers, as well as aircraft charters, and management and programs. The company operates through a fleet of approximately 1,000 aircraft. Delta Air Lines, Inc. was founded in 1924 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia.

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