Delta Air Lines, Inc. (DAL) Stock Trending Up After Price Target Increase at Cowen and Company

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) shares rose on Friday, January 13 on lighter trade volume than normal after a number of analysts weighed in on the investing value of the stock, raising the price target of stock.

Meanwhile, The Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.03% slipped 5.27 points to close 19,885.73, moving in a roughly 100-point range all session. For the week, the blue-chip index is off 0.4%.

U.S. financial markets will be closed Monday for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The S&P 500 index SPX, +0.18% added 4.20 points, or 0.2%, to end at 2,274.64 for a weekly loss of 0.1%, and the Nasdaq Composite Index COMP, +0.48% climbed 26.63 points, or 0.5%, to finish at 5,574.12, its sixth all-time closing high in seven trading sessions.

Picking Stocks: A Practical Guide to Investing in the Stock Market

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) had its price target boosted by equities researchers at Cowen and Company from $57.00 to $60.00. The company currently has a rating of Outperform on the shares. As a means of comparison, a number of other analysts have commented on the stock recently, and Delta Air Lines, Inc. has secured a consensus one-year price target of $0.40, less than the opening price of $50.79, a difference of 0.08 percent. Delta Air Lines, Inc. stock has a 52-week high of $52.76.

Shares of Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) opened at $50.79 yesterday and traded in a range between, $50.78 and $51.64, and last traded at $51.23, an increase of $0.34 from the previous closing price.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) now has a market cap of 37.91B.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) Average Daily Trading Volume

7,380,552 shares crossed the trading desk yesterday, 60 percent below the average, out of a total float 731,726,000. lower than normal. Look for trading volume to pick up in the coming days as swing traders often use upticks in trading volume to identify heavy volume accumulation or distribution by institutional investors.

As with all potential breakouts, investors look for volume to be at least 40%-50% higher than normal on the breakout to show that fund managers and other professional investors are jumping in.

Institutional sponsorship commonly refers to ownership of a stock by mutual funds, banks, pension funds and other large institutions.

These professional investors retain teams of analysts that investigate thousands of stocks. Thus, watching their interests is a good way to make sure you are buying the right stocks.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) Moving Averages

A moving average can also act as support or resistance. In an uptrend a 50-day, 100-day or 200-day moving average may act as a support level, as shown in the figure below.

This is because the average acts like a floor (support), so the price bounces up off of it.

In a downtrend a moving average may act as resistance; like a ceiling, the price hits it and then starts to drop again.

By tracking the activity of these professional investors—and the moving averages they affect—it allows for traders to make more effective decisions on trades.

With that in mind, Delta Air Lines, Inc. (NYSE: DAL) now has a 50-day MA of $49.89 and 200-day MA of $42.12. It has traded in a 52-week range between $32.60 – 52.76 and today’s last price is 2.90%% lower than the 52 week high of $52.76.

Indeed, earnings growth is among the most critical things to look at in regards to stock investing and, accordingly, investors seek companies that have increased their earnings at least 25% or more for the past 3 years.

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