UAL stock: buy or sell?

UAL stock price: $78.01 -2.38% At close on February 21st, 2020

Updated on:
February 21st, 2020


United Continental shares slipped -2.38% to $78.01 on February 21st.

United Continental Holdings, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides air transportation services in North America, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America.

Should I buy UAL stock?

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None of our preferred buy setups matches with United Continental stock situation right now, hence this is not a suitable entry point.

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MANo
This doesn't mean UAL will slide in coming sessions, or it will not rise higher. Simply, it doesn't match our recommended trading systems.

Is United Continental stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. Unfortunately, we couldn't detect any rating for UAL stock for the last month.

UAL stock analysis

Daily outlook

Shares of United Continental closed on February 21st at $78.01 and slipped a fatal -2.38%.

United Continental shares slipped -2.38% to $78.01 on Feb/21. In the last 33 days when UAL stock price broke down the SMA200d line, it slid $-11.69 per share (-13.03%).

UAL stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of United Continental closed this week at $78.01 and depreciated a rough -1.94%. Late January UAL plunged a hair-raising -9.49% in just one week. Early February UAL skyrocketed an extraordinary 5.89% in just one week.

Since SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up by mid August 2019, UAL price slid a -10.31%.

UAL stock chart (weekly)

UAL stock price history

UAL stock went public on February 6th, 2006 with a price of $32.561. Since then, UAL stock surged a 139.60%, with an average of 10.00% per year. If you had invested $1,000 in UAL stock in 2006, it would worth $1,396.00 today.

1: Adjusted price after possible price splits or reverse-splits.

UAL stock historical price chart

UAL stock reached 52-week highs on July at $96.03, and all-time highs 2018-12-03 with a price of 97.85.

UAL stock price target

Nobody can reliably foresee how stock prices may evolve in the future. However, financial institutions invest time and resources to provide the most accurated estimations to help investors to make their decisions. We do not recommend to follow these stock price predictions without a critical thinking from your side, as their accuracy is usually low. For the last 30 days we have not detected any price target for United Continental stock by any trusted analyst.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Since last April, when United Continental posted its last earnings report, it . Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
UAL earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

In 2018, United Continental annual turnover soared a brilliant 9.31% to $41,303.00 M dollars from $37,784.00 marked in 2017. In contrary, its profit margin (compared to sales) stayed stable to 5.15%, that is $2,129.00 million.

To have an up to date picture of the financial situation of United Continental, we have calculated the trailing twelve month (TTM) sales and income figures. TTM values are the sum of the last 4 quarters and aproximate to an annual fiscal report ending in 2019-Q1 that can be compared to 2018 fiscal year results. Annual United Continental TTM sales up to March 2019 were $41,860.00 and earnings were $2,274.00 million USD. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can review United Continental business evolution since December 2018: Annual sales up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, grew a tiny 1.35%. Likewise, profit margin (net income/revenues) remained stable at 5.15%.

UAL annual Sales and Income evolution
2013$38,280 M-$569 M1.5%-
2014$38,901 M1.62%$1,132 M2.9%98.95%
2015$37,864 M-2.67%$7,340 M19.4%548.41%
2016$36,556 M-3.45%$2,263 M6.2%-69.17%
2017$37,784 M3.36%$2,144 M5.7%-5.26%
2018$41,303 M9.31%$2,129 M5.2%-0.70%
TTM $41,860 M1.35%$2,274 M5.4%6.81%

Quarterly financial results

United Continental reported $9,589.00 M in revenues for 2019-Q1, a -8.60% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter income marked $292.00 million with a profit margin of 3.05%. Profit margin decreased a -1.36% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 4.40%. When comparing revenues to same quarter last year, United Continental sales marked a very good growth and rose a 6.17%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, United Continental posted 2 negative quarters in a row.
UAL quarterly Sales and Income evolution
2017-Q2$10,000 M-$818 M8.2%-
2017-Q3$9,880 M-1.20%$637 M6.4%-22.13%
2017-Q4$9,403 M-4.83%$566 M6.0%-11.15%
2018-Q1$9,032 M-3.95%$147 M1.6%-74.03%
2018-Q2$10,777 M19.32%$684 M6.3%365.31%
2018-Q3$11,003 M2.10%$836 M7.6%22.22%
2018-Q4$10,491 M-4.65%$462 M4.4%-44.74%
2019-Q1$9,589 M-8.60%$292 M3.0%-36.80%

United Continental ownership

When you are planning to buy a company, it's always worth to check its ownership structure.

Management staff in all public traded companies that hold equity is required to report every transaction to the SEC. For United Continental, 0.38% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

Bearish positions for UAL stock account 0.00%, no big difference from last month.

For a better understanding, the next table shows ownership data compared to other related companies:

Market cap$19.7 B
Total shares253.0 M
Float shares238.3 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)100.0%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.4%
Shares in short selling0.0%

UAL summary

Friday, February 21st, 2020
Day range$77.32 - $79.40
Previous close$79.91
Session gain-2.38%
Average true range$2.40
50d mov avg$84.37
100d mov avg$87.24
200d mov avg$86.89
Daily patternlt01c
Weekly pattern

United Continental performance

To measure stock performance is always good to benchmark with competitors or related stocks. We selected as the bechmarking frame for United Continental stock.
UALUnited Continenta...-15.00%-5.48%-12.77%

United Continental competitors

Unfortunately, we could not find any public company that could be defined as United Continental competitor. This doesn't mean United Continental does not have any competitor in the market, it's just we could not detected it.

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