UAL stock: buy or sell?

UAL stock price: $82.53 -3.54% At close on August 23rd, 2019

Updated on:
August 23rd, 2019


After climbing for 4 days, Friday United Continental collapsed a terrible -3.54%, closing at $82.53.

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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Check the only buy setup that matches with United Continental stock now:

Buy setupElegible
New all-time highNo
New 52 week highNo
Price crossing up 200d MANo
100d MA crossing up 200d MAYes

Is United Continental stock a buy?

Everyday, hundreds of stock ratings are published by financial analysts to indicate a particular stock's attractiveness. At, we collected 12 ratings published for UAL stock in the last month.

Is UAL a good stock to buy?
DateAnalyst / BrokerPrevious ratingCurrent rating
2019-7-16Buckingham Researchn/aBuy
2019-6-6Goldman Sachs GroupNeutralBuy
2019-5-20Morgan StanleyEqual WeightOverweight
2019-2-4Vertical Researchn/aBuy
2019-2-22Standpoint ResearchBuyHold
2019-1-9Imperial CapitalIn-LineUnderperform
2019-1-17Imperial CapitalUnderperformUnderperform
2019-1-17Imperial Capitaln/aUnderperform
2019-1-17CowenMarket PerformMarket Perform
2019-1-17Cowenn/aMarket Perform
2019-1-10JPMorgan Chase & Co.NeutralOverweight

UAL stock analysis

Daily outlook

After climbing for 4 sessions, Friday United Continental collapsed a terrible -3.54%, closing at $82.53.

After climbing for 4 days, Friday United Continental collapsed a terrible -3.54%, closing at $82.53. Since SMA100d and SMA200d crossed up yesterday, UAL price slid a -3.24%. Since price and SMA200d lines crossed down on August 12th, UAL fell $-4.45 per share (-5.12%).

UAL stock chart (daily)

Weekly outlook

Shares of United Continental decreased a lame -0.49% this week. Counting this, it's been 5 sliding weeks in a row, loosing $-11.30 (-12.39%).

Price pattern shows an uptrend with two rising tops and bottoms, and now trading upwards to the $96.03 resistance. Since last week when SMA20w and SMA40w crossed up, UAL price slipped $-4.45 per share (-5.12%). Since last week, when UAL stock price broke down the 40-weeks moving avarage line, it slid $-4.45 per share (-5.12%). Trading stocks that are under the 40-weeks (that is, 200-days) moving average mark is not recommended by many experts, as it indicates that the stock has not enough institutional support. Far behind is the all-time high United Continental recorded early December and since then the price is -15.66% below that top.

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 grew a 153.50%, with an average of 11.80% per year. If you had invested right after UAL's IPO a $1,000 in UAL stock in 2006, it would worth $1,535.00 today.

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

UAL stock historical price chart

UAL stock reached all-time highs on December with a price of $97.85.

UAL stock price target is $95.60

How much a stock will be priced tomorrow or next week is quite unpredictable However, banks and other financial institutions analysts, with the help of lots of data and algorithms do their best to predict the stock prices movement. The accuracy of these stock price predictions is not very high, and you should not blindly believe and make decisions only based on what this ratings or price target predictions say. For the last 30 days we found 8 price forecasts for UAL stock:
UAL stock price predictions
DateAnalyst / BrokerActionPrevious targetCurrent targetDiff
2019-7-16Buckingham ResearchRaises Target$111.00$120.008.1%
2019-6-6Goldman Sachs GroupUpgradesn/a$108.00-
2019-5-20Morgan StanleyUpgrades$101.00$110.008.9%
2019-1-9Imperial CapitalDowngrades$110.00$73.00-33.6%
2019-1-17Imperial CapitalReiterates$73.00$78.006.8%
2019-1-17Imperial CapitalRaises Target$73.00$78.006.8%
2019-1-17CowenRaises Target$94.00$99.005.3%
(in average)$93.70$95.602.0%
Moving in a range from $120.00 and $73.00, the price prediction for United Continental stock is $95.60.

Financials and fundamental analysis

Earnings date and Earnings per Share

Since April, when United Continental published its last earnings report, it slightly fell an unpleasant -2.35%. Unfortunately, reported EPS is not yet available in our database.
UAL earnings date and EPS evolution
QuarterReporting dateEstimated EPSActual EPSSurprise

Annual financial results

Compared to 2017, last anual turnover report draw a brilliant growth of 9.31% to $41,303.00 million dollars. In contrary, its earnings margin (compared to revenues) remained stable to 5.15%, that is $2,129.00 million.

To have an updated view 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 income was $2,274.00 M USD. If we compare this TTM figures with the last reported annuality, we can esteem United Continental business evolution since December 2018: Annual revenues up to March, compared to lastest yearly report, raised a slightly good 1.35%. Aligned with this, profit margin (net income/sales) stayed 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 million in revenues for 2019-Q1, a -8.60% decline compared to previous quarter. Reported quarter earnings marked $292.00 M with a profit margin of 3.05%. Profit margin depreciated a -1.36% compared to previous quarter when profit margin was 4.40%. When comparing sales to same quarter last year, United Continental sales marked a more than good increase and soared a 6.17%. Looking back to recent quarterly results, United Continental posted 2 positive 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 invest in shares of a stock, it's always worth to overview 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, 0.35% of all outstanding shares are owned by its staff.

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

The following table compares ownership indicators for other stocks related to United Continental:

Market cap$21.7 B$12.2 B$2.3 B$0.0 M$38.0 B
Total shares263.1 M460.6 M16.3 M0.0 M654.7 M
Float shares218.3 M396.1 M11.4 M122.8 M574.5 M
  - Institutional holdings (%)102.4%7.8%81.5%89.7%0.0%
  - Insider holdings (%)0.4%39.8%20.8%0.4%49.6%
Shares in short selling0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%

UAL summary

Friday, August 23rd, 2019
Day range$82.22 - $85.65
Previous close$85.56
Session gain-3.54%
Average true range$2.13
50d mov avg$88.65
100d mov avg$86.46
200d mov avg$86.39
Daily patternlt02a
Weekly pattern lb02a

United Continental performance

To measure stock performance is always good to benchmark with competitors or related stocks. We compared United Continental against American Airlines, Allegiant Travel, Alaska Air, Delta Air Lines, Hawaiian, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines and SkyWest in the following table:
UALUnited Continenta...2.15%-7.72%-3.07%
AALAmerican Airlines-8.74%-24.76%-30.84%
ALGTAllegiant Travel0.60%1.98%6.67%
ALKAlaska Air-0.85%-3.18%-5.88%
DALDelta Air Lines7.81%14.72%4.02%
JBLUJetBlue Airways-1.43%0.00%-7.57%
LUVSouthwest Airline...0.81%-3.54%-14.95%
SAVESpirit Airlines-17.80%-35.46%-15.01%

United Continental competitors

We picked a few stocks to conform a list of United Continental competitors to examine if you are interested in investing in UAL:

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