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How to buy United Airlines (UAL) stocks

Learn how to easily invest in United Airlines stocks.

United Airlines is an airlines business based in the US. United Airlines stocks (UAL.US) are listed on the NASDAQ and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Its last market close was $50.28 – an increase of 3.95% over the previous week. United Airlines employs 92,800 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around $45 billion.

How to buy United Airlines stock

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  3. Search for the stock by name or ticker symbol – UAL. It's that simple.

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United Airlines stock price (NASDAQ:UAL)

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United Airlines shares at a glance

Information last updated 2023-01-25.
Latest market close$50.28
52-week range$30.54 - $53.26
50-day moving average $43.15
200-day moving average $40.85
Wall St. target price$56.39
PE ratio 22.2072
Dividend yield $0 (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $2.22

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Is it a good time to buy United Airlines stock?

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United Airlines price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $50.28 from 2023-01-25

1 week (2023-01-20) 1.66%
1 month (2022-12-27) 31.62%
3 months (2022-10-27) 16.96%
6 months (2022-07-27) 38.06%
1 year (2022-01-27) 22.84%
2 years (2021-01-27) 22.90%
3 years (2020-01-27) 77.63
5 years (2018-01-26) 66.56

Is United Airlines under- or over-valued?

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

United Airlines's P/E ratio

United Airlines's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 22x. In other words, United Airlines shares trade at around 22x 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.

United Airlines's PEG ratio

United Airlines's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.0584. 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 United Airlines's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

United Airlines's EBITDA

United Airlines's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $4.9 billion.

The EBITDA is a measure of a United Airlines's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

United Airlines financials

Revenue TTM $45 billion
Operating margin TTM 5.51%
Gross profit TTM $13.1 billion
Return on assets TTM 2.28%
Return on equity TTM 12.36%
Profit margin 1.64%
Book value $20.89
Market capitalisation $16.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

United Airlines'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 United Airlines.

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

United Airlines's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 34.87

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and United Airlines's overall score of 34.87 (as at 01/01/2019) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 67th percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like United Airlines 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.).

United Airlines's environmental score

Environmental score: 17.91/100

United Airlines's environmental score of 17.91 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that United Airlines is a leader in its sector terms of its environmental impact, and exposed to a lower level of risk.

United Airlines's social score

Social score: 20.13/100

United Airlines's social score of 20.13 puts it squarely in the 7th percentile of companies rated in the same sector. This could suggest that United Airlines is a leader in its sector when it comes to taking good care of its workforce and the communities it impacts.

United Airlines's governance score

Governance score: 10.83/100

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

United Airlines's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

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

United Airlines share dividends

We're not expecting United Airlines to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have United Airlines's shares ever split?

United Airlines's shares were split on a 4:1 basis on 21 May 1996. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 4 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your United Airlines shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 75% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for United Airlines shares which in turn could have impacted United Airlines's share price.

United Airlines share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, United Airlines's shares have ranged in value from as little as $30.54 up to $53.26. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

UAL.US volatility(beta: 1.37)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NASDAQ average) beta is 1, while United Airlines's is 1.3687. This would suggest that United Airlines's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

United Airlines overview

United Airlines Holdings, Inc. , through its subsidiaries, provides air transportation services in North America, Asia, Europe, Africa, the Pacific, the Middle East, and Latin America. The company transports people and cargo through its mainline and regional fleets. It also offers catering, ground handling, training, and maintenance services for third parties. The company was formerly known as United Continental Holdings, Inc. and changed its name to United Airlines Holdings, Inc. in June 2019.

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