United Continental (UAL) vs. The Competition Financial Survey

United Continental (NASDAQ: UAL) is one of 25 public companies in the “Air transportation, scheduled” industry, but how does it weigh in compared to its competitors? We will compare United Continental to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, earnings, profitability, institutional ownership, dividends and risk.

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares United Continental and its competitors top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Net Income Price/Earnings Ratio
United Continental $41.30 billion $2.13 billion 9.70
United Continental Competitors $14.88 billion $853.62 million 10.26

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

Analyst Recommendations

This is a summary of current ratings and price targets for United Continental and its competitors, as provided by MarketBeat.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United Continental 1 4 11 0 2.63
United Continental Competitors 447 1458 2020 159 2.46

United Continental currently has a consensus price target of $101.13, indicating a potential upside of 14.21%. As a group, “Air transportation, scheduled” companies have a potential upside of 14.29%. Given United Continental’s competitors higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe United Continental has less favorable growth aspects than its competitors.


This table compares United Continental and its competitors’ 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 4.84% 0.81% 5.39%

Volatility & Risk

United Continental has a beta of 0.95, indicating that its stock price is 5% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Continental’s competitors have a beta of 1.25, indicating that their average stock price is 25% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

99.2% of United Continental shares are held by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.3% of shares of all “Air transportation, scheduled” companies are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of United Continental shares are held by company insiders. Comparatively, 3.8% of shares of all “Air transportation, scheduled” companies are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a stock is poised for long-term growth.


United Continental beats its competitors on 8 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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