At StateoftheMarkets.com, we strive to “own the best and ignore the rest” in our equity portfolios. Toward this end, each day we search our database for a “top stock” (a top rated company in terms of earnings strength as well as company and industry performance) that presents a strong technical “set up” and a good entry point.
In short, when our equity team is looking to add a stock to one of our portfolios, the “bull’s eye” stock shown below is generally their first choice.
|Company||Symbol||Industry||Stock Rating||YTD% Gain||S.T.
|United Continental Holdings||GDOT||Consumer Finance||7.2||+8.85%||$13.00|
Why We Like The Stock:
United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) is our most compelling buy today due to the fact that it is a top rated stock (in terms of earnings strength and company/industry performance) in one of 2013’s top-performing sub-industries, airlines. Along with Delta Airlines (NYSE:DAL), US Airways Group (NYSE:LCC), and Southwest (NYSE:LUV), UAL has already gained quite a bit this year, yet still maintains a positive technical set-up and an intermediate-term uptrend. The stock has pulled back in early April from recent February highs just north of $32. UAL never dipped below its 50-day moving average, and has since turned around and is headed right back up. Yesterday the stock crossed above its short-term moving averages, and is holding up relatively well despite today’s massive selloff. We like airlines here, and UAL is one of the prettier charts.
We Would Be Buyers:
At the current price (~$163.00).
United Continental Holdings, Inc. is a holding company and its principal, wholly owned subsidiaries are United Air Lines, Inc. and Continental Airlines, Inc. . The company transports people and cargo through its mainline operations, which utilize jet aircraft with at least 110 seats, and its regional operations. The company has contractual relationships with various regional carriers to provide regional jet and turboprop service branded as United Express, Continental Express and Continental Connection. The majority of the company’s airline seat inventory continues to be distributed through the traditional channels of travel agencies and global distribution systems (GDS). As of December 31, 2011, UAL, through United and Continental and their regional carriers, operates more than 5,600 flights a day to more than 370 United States domestic and international destinations.
Stock Rating: 7.2
The Stock Rating indicates the combined score of our proprietary Earning Strength and Company Performance models. The rating scale is 0 – 10 with 10 being the highest.
United Continental Holdings – Last Three Months
United Continental Holdings – Last 12 Months
United Continental Holdings – Last Five Years
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