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Delta Air Lines (DAL) Competitors

-0.38 (-0.76%)
(As of 05/29/2024 ET)


Should you be buying Delta Air Lines stock or one of its competitors? The main competitors of Delta Air Lines include United Airlines (UAL), Southwest Airlines (LUV), Alaska Air Group (ALK), Copa (CPA), SkyWest (SKYW), JetBlue Airways (JBLU), Allegiant Travel (ALGT), Hawaiian (HA), Ryanair (RYAAY), and American Airlines Group (AAL). These companies are all part of the "air transportation, scheduled" industry.

Delta Air Lines vs.

United Airlines (NASDAQ:UAL) and Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) are both large-cap transportation companies, but which is the better stock? We will contrast the two companies based on the strength of their media sentiment, dividends, community ranking, earnings, analyst recommendations, profitability, institutional ownership, valuation and risk.

In the previous week, United Airlines had 12 more articles in the media than Delta Air Lines. MarketBeat recorded 39 mentions for United Airlines and 27 mentions for Delta Air Lines. United Airlines' average media sentiment score of 0.87 beat Delta Air Lines' score of 0.59 indicating that Delta Air Lines is being referred to more favorably in the news media.

Company Very Positive Positive Neutral Negative Very Negative Overall Sentiment
United Airlines
11 Very Positive mention(s)
9 Positive mention(s)
7 Neutral mention(s)
6 Negative mention(s)
1 Very Negative mention(s)
Delta Air Lines
18 Very Positive mention(s)
2 Positive mention(s)
4 Neutral mention(s)
0 Negative mention(s)
0 Very Negative mention(s)

Delta Air Lines received 259 more outperform votes than United Airlines when rated by MarketBeat users. Likewise, 76.40% of users gave Delta Air Lines an outperform vote while only 66.10% of users gave United Airlines an outperform vote.

United AirlinesOutperform Votes
Underperform Votes
Delta Air LinesOutperform Votes
Underperform Votes

69.7% of United Airlines shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 69.9% of Delta Air Lines shares are held by institutional investors. 0.6% of United Airlines shares are held by insiders. Comparatively, 1.0% of Delta Air Lines shares are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that endowments, large money managers and hedge funds believe a company is poised for long-term growth.

United Airlines has a beta of 1.49, indicating that its share price is 49% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Delta Air Lines has a beta of 1.38, indicating that its share price is 38% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Delta Air Lines has higher revenue and earnings than United Airlines. United Airlines is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than Delta Air Lines, indicating that it is currently the more affordable of the two stocks.

CompanyGross RevenuePrice/Sales RatioNet IncomeEarnings Per SharePrice/Earnings Ratio
United Airlines$53.72B0.32$2.62B$8.096.41
Delta Air Lines$58.05B0.55$4.61B$7.786.41

Delta Air Lines has a net margin of 8.48% compared to Delta Air Lines' net margin of 4.90%. United Airlines' return on equity of 41.89% beat Delta Air Lines' return on equity.

Company Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United Airlines4.90% 39.85% 4.83%
Delta Air Lines 8.48%41.89%5.61%

United Airlines currently has a consensus target price of $69.72, indicating a potential upside of 34.51%. Delta Air Lines has a consensus target price of $59.85, indicating a potential upside of 19.95%. Given Delta Air Lines' higher possible upside, equities analysts plainly believe United Airlines is more favorable than Delta Air Lines.

Company Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United Airlines
0 Sell rating(s)
2 Hold rating(s)
13 Buy rating(s)
0 Strong Buy rating(s)
Delta Air Lines
0 Sell rating(s)
0 Hold rating(s)
11 Buy rating(s)
1 Strong Buy rating(s)


Delta Air Lines beats United Airlines on 14 of the 19 factors compared between the two stocks.

New MarketBeat Followers Over Time

This chart shows the number of new MarketBeat users adding DAL and its top 5 competitors to their watchlist. Each company is represented with a line over a 90 day period.
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Media Sentiment Over Time

This chart shows the average media sentiment of NYSE and its competitors over the past 90 days as caculated by MarketBeat. The averaged score is equivalent to the following: Very Negative Sentiment <= -1.5, Negative Sentiment > -1.5 and <= -0.5, Neutral Sentiment > -0.5 and < 0.5, Positive Sentiment >= 0.5 and < 1.5, and Very Positive Sentiment >= 1.5.
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DAL vs. The Competition

MetricDelta Air LinesAir transportation, scheduled IndustryTransportation SectorNYSE Exchange
Market Cap$32.45B$19.18B$10.25B$17.76B
Dividend Yield0.80%2.95%3.59%3.54%
P/E Ratio6.418.4219.4021.49
Price / Sales0.551.6222.4610.07
Price / Cash5.0933.3216.1919.29
Price / Book2.891.732.155.82
Net Income$4.61B$672.79M$671.06M$975.72M
7 Day Performance-2.54%-2.93%0.51%-0.51%
1 Month Performance-0.38%-4.47%5.21%2.67%
1 Year Performance37.54%-7.53%18.35%22.10%

Delta Air Lines Competitors List

CompanyMarketRankShare PriceAnalysts' Price Target1Y Price PerformanceMarket CapRevenueP/E RatioEmployee CountIndicator(s)
United Airlines
4.8267 of 5 stars
+9.7%$17.01B$53.72B6.3910,300Analyst Upgrade
Gap Down
Southwest Airlines
3.82 of 5 stars
-14.0%$16.06B$26.71B42.6074,806Analyst Forecast
Gap Down
Alaska Air Group
4.8176 of 5 stars
-9.8%$5.42B$10.43B22.8326,043Gap Down
4.8195 of 5 stars
-8.4%$3.97B$3.46B7.247,625Short Interest ↑
3.5484 of 5 stars
JetBlue Airways
2.8102 of 5 stars
-24.2%$1.85B$9.62B-2.2123,388Analyst Forecast
News Coverage
Gap Down
Allegiant Travel
4.587 of 5 stars
-51.6%$876.86M$2.51B15.225,643Short Interest ↑
0.1373 of 5 stars
+71.2%$715.53M$2.72B-2.387,362Analyst Revision
4.0487 of 5 stars
+12.7%$27.96B$14.59B13.4522,261Gap Down
American Airlines Group
3.7113 of 5 stars
-19.0%$9.08B$52.79B23.07132,100Analyst Forecast
Options Volume
Analyst Revision
News Coverage
Gap Down

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This page (NYSE:DAL) was last updated on 5/30/2024 by Staff

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