How Does United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) Stack Up Right Now?

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) is an interesting player in the Services space, with a focus on Major Airlines. The stock has been active on the tape, currently trading at $66.02, up from yesterday’s close by 0.33%. Given the stock’s recent action, it seemed like a good time to take a closer look at the company’s recent data.

Fundamental Analysis

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) currently trades with a market capitalization of $18.74 Billion. That value represents a market adjusting for revenues that have been growing by 7.19 % on a quarterly year/year basis as of the company’s last quarterly report.

You can get a sense of how sustainable that is by a levered free cash flow of $313 Million over the past twelve months. Generally speaking, earnings are expected to fall in coming quarters. Analysts are forecasting earnings of $3.05 on a per share basis this quarter. Perhaps, that suggests something about why 0.69% of the outstanding share supply is held by institutional investors.



Technical Analysis

As most professionals know, technical analysis can offer critical insights into what smart money and insiders think about a stock’s prospects going forward. Looking at the stock’s movement on the chart, United Continental Holdings, Inc. recorded a 52-week high of $83.04. It is now trading 17.02% off that level. The stock is trading $68.62 its 50-day moving average by 2.6%. The stock carved out a 52-week low down at $56.51.

In recent action, United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) has made a move of -0.12% over the past month, which has come on weak relative transaction volume. Over the trailing year, the stock is underperforming the S&P 500 by 12.84, and it’s gotten there by action that has been less volatile on a day-to-day basis than most other stocks on the exchange. In terms of the mechanics underlying that movement, traders will want to note that the stock is trading on a float of 4.67% with $276.21 Million sitting short, betting on future declines. That suggests something of the likelihood of a short squeeze in shares of UAL.

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