Head-To-Head Analysis: United Continental (UAL) and The Competition

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United Continental (NASDAQ: UAL) is one of 13,137 public companies in the “” industry, but how does it contrast to its rivals? We will compare United Continental to similar businesses based on the strength of its dividends, valuation, risk, profitability, earnings, analyst recommendations and institutional ownership.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of recent ratings and price targets 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 61154 232060 303123 12512 2.44

United Continental currently has a consensus target price of $101.13, suggesting a potential upside of 23.79%. As a group, “” companies have a potential upside of 24.06%. Given United Continental’s rivals higher probable upside, analysts clearly believe United Continental has less favorable growth aspects than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

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.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.7% of United Continental shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 56.1% of shares of all “” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of United Continental shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 13.3% of shares of all “” companies are owned 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.


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 -175.85% 7.44% 1.95%

Earnings and Valuation

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

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
United Continental $41.30 billion $2.13 billion 8.95
United Continental Competitors $7.28 billion $559.08 million 12.31

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.


United Continental beats its rivals on 9 of the 13 factors compared.

About United Continental

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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