Financial Contrast: United Continental (UAL) & Its Rivals

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United Continental (NASDAQ: UAL) is one of 13,322 publicly-traded companies in the “” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare United Continental to related businesses based on the strength of its earnings, profitability, valuation, risk, analyst recommendations, institutional ownership and dividends.

Profitability

This table compares United Continental and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United Continental 5.15% 27.73% 5.67%
United Continental Competitors -184.66% 6.36% 1.84%

Volatility & Risk

United Continental has a beta of 0.98, indicating that its stock price is 2% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Continental’s rivals have a beta of 0.41, indicating that their average stock price is 59% less volatile than the S&P 500.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares United Continental and its rivals revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
United Continental $41.30 billion $2.13 billion 8.93
United Continental Competitors $7.22 billion $556.17 million 13.71

United Continental has higher revenue and earnings than its rivals. United Continental is trading at a lower price-to-earnings ratio than its rivals, indicating that it is currently more affordable than other companies in its industry.

Institutional and Insider Ownership

97.7% of United Continental shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 55.9% of shares of all “” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of United Continental shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.4% of shares of all “” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings for United Continental and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United Continental 1 5 11 0 2.59
United Continental Competitors 62161 236235 309198 12813 2.44

United Continental presently has a consensus target price of $101.13, suggesting a potential upside of 24.09%. As a group, “” companies have a potential upside of 23.95%. Given United Continental’s stronger consensus rating and higher possible upside, equities analysts clearly believe United Continental is more favorable than its rivals.

Summary

United Continental beats its rivals on 10 of the 13 factors compared.

United Continental Company Profile

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. It transports people and cargo through its mainline and regional operations. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated a fleet of 1,262 aircraft. It also sells fuel; and offers catering, ground handling, and maintenance services for third parties. The company was formerly known as UAL Corporation and changed its name to United Continental Holdings, Inc. in October 2010. United Continental Holdings, Inc. was founded in 1934 and is based in Chicago, Illinois.

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