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The Air Transportation Market is Growing. Where to Invest?

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By Dmitriy Gurkovskiy, Chief Analyst at RoboMarkets

Today, practically every person who has internet access knows what Amazon and Alibaba are. These are the world’s largest internet-companies who, for the sale of their products, also use famous platforms like AliExpress and eBay.

Their total revenue constantly has been increasing year after year.

And as long as these companies are oriented toward international markets, 95% of the goods they sell are delivered by air.

Here we could pay attention to the aircraft manufacturers, as the air transportation growth rate will lead to increased demand for new aircraft. Boeing has conducted research according to which the demand for pilots, aircraft technicians and flight attendants in the world is growing, and the biggest activity is expected in the Asia-Pacific Region and in North America.

This week, the news feeds have been peppered with headlines on the current shortage of pilots in airline companies, and this demand will be hard to satisfy in the nearest 10 years.

Last week, Ryanair pilots went on strike demanding a salary raise and improved improved working conditions.

Consequently, investors have started showing interest in airline companies. Also, rumor has it that Warren Buffett is going to invest in one such company (or in several), but it has not yet been indicated which one exactly. According to some reports, it may be Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV).

Southwest Airlines Co. is an American low-cost airline founded in 1971. It is the biggest low-cost carrier in the United States and in the world by the number of transported passengers. As of December 2017, there were 706 Boeing 737 aircraft in the company. By its financial performance, the company looks attractive for long-term investments. For example, profitability has reached 16.90%. The Short Float ratio is very low – only 1.82% and the debt to equity ratio is 0.48.

Based only on the rumors, Southwest Airlines stocks have left the consolidation range between the levels of $50.00 and $53.50, having broken out the 200-day moving average and indicating a possible formation of an ascending trend on D1. The closest resistance levels are at $62 and $67.

On W1, a stable uptrend is visible and the broken out levels are becoming a support for underlying price.

It is unclear precisely which company Warren Buffett will direct his attention to, so we can analyze the financial standing of other airline companies, which can become potentially interesting investments.

Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) is one of the largest airlines in the world. Its destinations network includes countries in Asia, Europe, North, South America and the Caribbean region. As of January 2018, Delta Air Lines had 853 aircraft.

The financial performance of this company over the last 4 years shows a drop in income.

Profitability is 7.7%, the debt to equity ratio is 0.67 and the Short Float ratio is 2.65%.

According to technical analysis, the price is trading near the 200-day moving average, constantly breaking it out in both ways. Since December 2017 the resistance has formed on the chart, as the stock still won’t break out. In this situation, the breakout of $57.00 can be a signal for the further growth of the price of the stocks, but, at the same time, it has to be confirmed by good Q3 results.

On W1, there is still an uptrend, but we can already see a more serious resistance area from 2015 in the range between $53 and 56. The price is now in this range. The stock already tried to break out of this resistance in January 2018, but is has never managed to secure its position above this resistance. Here there is a high chance of the price falling to the support at $40. Currently, the potential drop of the price of the stock prevails over the growth.

The next airline company which we can direct our attention to is American Airlines, Inc. It is also one of the largest airline carriers in the world with headquarters in Fort Worth (Texas). The aircraft fleet of the company amounts to 958 aircraft in total.

Unfortunately, recently the financial performance of this airline has not been perfect either.

The debt to equity ratio (25.16) clearly demonstrates how risky this asset may be. That means that the company has 25 times more debts than the means to clear these debts. In this situation, the slightest decline of aviation operations may seriously hurt the company.

It should be noted that American Airlines has the “youngest” aircraft fleet now, as the company has invested its money exactly in the aircraft, which has caused such debts. Therefore, the company decided to risk, bu investors have not appreciated it, and thus the price of the stocks in 2018 was constantly falling.

Currently, the stock is in a downtrend. The price is gradually dropping within the descending channel, breaking out the support levels. However, near the level of $36 there has appeared a surge in rise, which indicates a possible forming of a strong support.

This can be due to rumors about Buffett’s interest towards the airline companies: his fund has now about $100 billion of available cash and a part of it will get to the market. Overall, the stocks of American Airlines seem to be a very risky investment.

There is another large airline company, which may be interesting from the point of view of investments: United Continental Holdings.

United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL) is the fourth largest airline company in the United States. It appeared out of the merger of United Airlines and Continental Airlines in 2010. As of June 2018, the aircraft fleet of United Continental Holdings amounts to 716 aircraft. Also, as in the two previously described airline companies, the most successful financial year was 2015. According to those results, profits reached $7.34 billion.

The Short Float ratio is 5.20%; the debt of the airline is 1.62 times bigger than its internal funds.

On D1, the technical analysis indicates an uptrend, as the price is now above the 200-day moving average and has secured its position above $80. In this situation, the further growth of the price cannot be excluded.

On W1, the stock also shows a stable uptrend trend and is currently trading near its historical maximums.

Thus, the technical analysis indicates a good growth potential for this stock, but the possibility of the correction of the price to $75 cannot be excluded either.

Having summarized the data on the revenue, we can see the big picture in the airline transportation market for 4 airlines.

American Airlines has lost the most income, while Southwest Airlines has been constantly increasing its profit.

The rest of the data indicates that the riskiest assets is American Airlines – its debt is the biggest out of all the 4 companies, its profitability is low and its Short Float is high.

To sum up, for the nearest years Southwest Airlines looks the most attractive investment-wise.

Amid all these data, Southwest Airlines noticeably stands out – all the rest have not been able to restore the previous revenue level after 2015. The fact of the matter is that Southwest Airlines has concentrated on low-cost transportation and this decision turned out to be the right one. If Buffett’s fund does buy Southwest stocks, this may become a very good investment for the coming years. Nevertheless, even without it, the expected growth of the passenger throughput will only be increasing the profit of this company and, consequently, the price of its stocks.

You should not consider this article as a guideline to follow in any way – this is only information for analysis.

 

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Crypto Update: 5 Altcoins to Watch This Week

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Last week, we covered large cap altcoins such as Bitcoin Cash (BCH/BTC), Monero (XMR/BTC), and Ethereum (ETH/BTC). Many of the alts that we’ve covered in this series have moved according to expectations. However, there are those like Haven Protocol (XHV/BTC) and (DOCK/BTC) that have moved strongly in the last weeks and exceeded expectations. We hope that we deliver more of these gems in this installment.

In this article, we deliver a fresh batch of 5 altcoins to watch this week.

Quarkchain/Bitcoin (QKC/BTC)

Quarkchain broke out of a falling wedge on the 4-hour chart on November 8, 2018 when it broke out of the falling wedge and took out resistance of 650 satoshis. The breakout generated tremendous momentum as the market printed volume that’s over 300% of its daily average. This sparked a rally to 876 satoshis on November 11.

4H chart of QKC/BTC

Currently, the market is trading in overbought territory. Therefore, we expect it to retest support number one (S1). From there, technical indicators must cool off before it can make any meaningful attempt to breach resistance number 1 (R1).

QKC/BTC shows a lot of potential, which is why we believe that it will ignite a bull run once it goes above R1.  

Red Pulse Phoenix/Bitcoin (PHX/BTC)

Red Pulse Phoenix broke out of a rounding bottom pattern on October 27 when it breached resistance of 365 satoshis. This generated a monster rally to 1,000 satoshis on the same day.

4H chart of PHX/BTC

From the looks of it, Red Pulse Phoenix is just getting started. We expect it to range trade between S1 and R1 for some time. This will enable the pair to create a new base of buyers who will help keep the market’s uptrend alive.

Bullish momentum should return once the market flips R1 into support. At that point, 1,000 satoshis is a real possibility.

Bread/Bitcoin (BRD/BTC)

Bread’s 4H chart looks messy, but that’s okay. The market broke out of a descending channel on the 4H chart. This triggered a strong rally to 7,610 satoshis on October 4.

4H chart of BRD/BTC

The market has been consolidating since, range trading between S1 and R1. This is a wide range so feel free to buy low and sell high if you get the opportunity. You can also consider the diagonal trendline as additional support.

In the end, we believe that it’s only a matter of time before Bread takes out R1 and ignites a new bull run.

CloakCoin/Bitcoin (CLOAK/BTC)

CloakCoin shares a couple of similarities with Bread. The first one is that it relies on its diagonal support to keep trending higher. The second one is that it only must take out one more resistance to launch a potentially massive bull run.

4H chart of CLOAK/BTC

Another thing going for CloakCoin is that the 200-day moving average is serving as a firm support. Since late September, the market has managed to bounce every time the candle touched the 200-day MA.

We expect CloakCoin to take out R1 soon and ascend to R2.

PO.ET/Bitcoin (POE/BTC)

We’ve been watching PO.ET from the time it claimed S1 and became bullish. From that point, PO.ET has been generating higher highs and higher lows. Currently, it is positioning to take out R1.

4H chart of POE/BTC

When the market does take out R1, it will trigger the breakout from the inverse head and shoulders pattern on the 4H chart. This will attract more traders who are watching this accumulation period from the sideline. If the breakout takes place, R2 and R3 become easy targets.

Bottom Line

Small cap altcoins with bullish potentials have taken over our watchlist this week. While many are focused on large cap altcoins such as Stellar and Ripple, the likes of Red Pulse Phoenix, CloakCoin, PO.ET, Quarkchain, and Bread are making strong bullish moves in the background.

 

NOTE: a satoshi is the smallest unit of Bitcoin, which equals to 0.00000001 BTC.

Disclaimer: The writer owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD May Have to Return to $400, Before Big Bull Buying

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  • BCH/USD price action did form a potential double top formation, subject to a move back towards the neckline.
  • The RSI indicates price is oversold via the 4-hour chart view, after bouncing in early hours of Monday.

The Bitcoin Cash price remains firmly on the back foot. As a result, of a top area being produced within a heavy touted supply zone. This can be seen within the $650 price region, which as a result has caused BCH/USD bulls to falter in their tracks north. Back in the very early part of September and most recently on 7th November has seen the sellers pile in at this area.

BCH/USD daily chart

Given the current price behavior it would suggest technically, the bears are looking to force a retreat, Eyes would be towards the neckline of the set up. This would see BCH/USD returning to $410, as demonstrated during the selling pressure back in early September. A likely area to attract buyers back in, a failure however to see this area of support hold, could be very punishing indeed.

Possible Neckline Breach

BCH/USD Neckline

Should a breakout to the downside from the $410 area support occur, heavy selling pressure may be seen. Eyes would then be on for a potential steep fall, down towards $285, the next major level of support. BCH/USD last traded down here on 13th October 2017, after seeing a chunky breach through the above-mentioned neckline.

4-hour Chart View

BCH/USD 4-hour chart

Looking via the 4-hour chart view, BCH/USD price action is moving within a descending channel formation. This is very much subject to a potential breakout to the upside; however, as described above, the price may need to retreat towards $410. Near-term resistance can be immediately seen at $530, which is the upper part of the channel.

The resistance above trend line of the detailed technical set up should this continue to hold; it raises the case to the top formation play out. A breakout to the upside now could send BCH/USD flying back for a retest of the $650 region supply. To the downside, support should be noted around the psychological $500 level.

As detailed above with the descending channel, this could also be perceived as a text book bull flag pattern. Such a move coming into play after a decent run higher, to then cool, ahead of another burst to the north. Looking via the RSI, it did hit a bottom, running into oversold territory. This occured in early hours of today – Monday 12th November.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Pre-Market Analysis And Chartbook: Dollar Hits 16-Month High as European Assets Fall

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Monday Market Snapshot

Asset Current Value Daily Change
S&P 500 2,771 -0.23%
DAX 30 11,381 -1.28%
WTI Crude Oil 60.95 1.79%
GOLD 1,205 -0.36%
Bitcoin 6,367 0.14%
EUR/USD 1.1265 -0.61%

It has been a choppy and somewhat bearish day so far for risk assets, with the Brexit talks making headlines yet again. European assets are under pressure, since the chances of a deal are fading, while there seems no progress in the EU-Italy debate either.

Equities in Europe are down significantly, lagging the other key markets, but the Euro and the Pound are behaving the weakest, with the common currency hitting a new 16-month low against the Dollar, and the GBP/USD getting close to 1.28 yet again.

EUR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The break below 1.13 in the EUR/USD that we have been anticipating could be a key move in forex markets, especially if it’s followed by a quick move towards the 1.10 level. For now, a failed breakdown is still a possibility here, but given the strong broader downtrend, odds favor further new lows in the pair in the coming weeks, together with new highs in the Dollar Index, which also rallied to its highest level since mid-2017 today in early trading.

The next major support zone is found near 1.1125 in the most traded forex pair, while resistance is still ahead near 1.1440 and 1.15.

Dow 30 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

US stock futures are also pointing slightly lower after Friday’s selloff, but the pre-market losses are muted, and the resilience of the major indices could point to, at least, an initial rally after the opening bell. Today, trading volumes could be lower-than-average on Wall Street, due to the US bank holiday, but given the technical setup, we could be in for an interesting session.

The major indices are at a crucial juncture, as a move towards the October lows could confirm the deeper bearish shift in the US that already took hold of the majority of global markets, while a less likely rally to new swing highs could set up a test of the all-time highs, at least in the relatively stronger indices, the Dow and the S&P 500.

Oil Bounces but Gold Fails to Recover Despite Risk-Off Shift

DAX 30 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While global equities have been mixed today before the US open, the distinct weakness in Europe points to another leg lower in the broader downtrend, and the DAX could be the most important laggard in the coming days again. While the German index is still well above its recent lows, it is also clearly below the 12,000 level that marked the potential long-term breakdown, which could be the start of a bear market.

The coming days could be crucial in deciding the fate of the current swing, which could define the end of the year across asset classes. For now, markets are quiet, with the main volatility measures being well below the levels seen in October, but should the bearish move accelerate, things could quickly get heated again, as soon as the second half of this week.

Gold Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities are having a mixed day as well, with crude oil being well in the green, but with gold and copper failing to rally in the face of the Dollar’s rally. The WTI crude contract rallied above $61 per barrel in early trading, while gold fell as low as $1204, extending the breakdown of last week, as safe-haven flows weren’t enough to hold the precious metal.

All eyes are still on the $1215 level, and should gold remain below that short-term resistance, the test of the $1180 level would be likely. Bulls would need a quick rebound to keep the October break-out alive, even gold continues to outperform most of the other safe-haven assets, such as the Japanese Yen and US Treasuries.

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S&P 500 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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VIX (US Volatility Index), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

FTSE 100 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EuroStoxx50 Index CFD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Nikkei 225 Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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EEM (Emerging Markets ETF), 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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USD/JPY, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

GBP/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EUR/GBP, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

AUD/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Commodities

WTI Crude Oil, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Copper Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

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