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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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Pre-Market: Sell The Rumor, Buy The News?

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After a long period of uncertainty, the US finally decided to commence with the second round of tariffs directed at China, slapping a 10% levy on $200 billion worth of goods, and threatening with tariffs on another $267 billion of goods in case of a Chinese retaliation. The tariffs will increase to 25% in 2019, but for now, the Chinese response was measured, with only an announcement coming from the Chinese ministry of commerce, saying that the country has no choice but to retaliate.

Shanghai Composite, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While stock futures fell initially following the after-hours announcement by Donald Trump, today equities are slightly higher across the board, with even the Shanghai Composite staging a rally off its fresh bear market low. The new tariffs were widely expected by the market, so the “buy-the-news” response is understandable, but for a sustained rally in Chinese assets, a resumption of the trade talks between the two largest economies would likely be needed.

DAX 30 Index, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The main European indices are little changed with the DAX still hovering around the 12,000 level and the EuroStoxx 50 being stuck ear 3350. Both benchmarks hit three-week highs in early trading, but the rally on the Old Continent is still lacking real momentum, especially given the distance to the bull market highs.

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

Emerging markets are still very weak with the recent bounce being barely visible on the charts, and the segment is still stuck in a strong downtrend, with especially the most vulnerable countries weighing heavily. Emerging market currencies are mixed today, with the Turkish Lira completely erasing its rate hike gains, but with the Brazilian Real, the Chinese Yuan, and the Argentinean Peso being relatively stable after the US trade announcement.

S&P 500 Index Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Stocks are set to open slightly in the green on Wall Street, with the major indices still being within striking distance of their all-time highs, and with only the Nasdaq pulling back meaningfully recently. The S&P 500 is just a tad below its record high, and with the MACD indicator back in neutral territory, a move to new highs could still be just around the corner.

Dollar Stable as Oil Jumps Amid Syria Escalation

Interestingly forex markets remained stable despite the trade war escalation, with the Dollar drifting slightly lower compared to its major peers, and losing a bit more ground against the main China-related currencies. Commodities are also higher today, with especially the China-linked copper and crude oil being in the green and gold trading virtually unchanged.

WTI Crude Oil Futures, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

While the scope of the Syrian conflict shrank in recent months, the tensions around the last rebel stronghold Idlib are rising. Russia and Turkey (which back opposing forces) surprisingly announced the formation of a demilitarized zone around the city to avoid a siege and a likely bloodbath, but overnight, a Russian recon plane was downed, which could lead to a reescalation in the country.

Russia is blaming Israeli forces for the casualty, and an open conflict between the two countries would be increase risks in the region, and possibly drive oil prices higher. The Brent Oil contract has been already outperforming the WTI one thanks to the sanctions against Iran, and today Saudi officials stated that the Kingdom is comfortable with the $80 per barrel Brent price, further widening the divergence between the two contracts.

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Crypto Update: Monday Selloff Drags Majors Lower

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The cryptocurrency continues to show mixed short-term signs following last week’s Ethereum-led bounce, and the subsequent consolidation. Today, all of the majors sold off after the US open, triggering downgrades in our trend model, but the two largest coins, barely, retained their short-term buy signals, holding up above key support levels.

Ethereum remained north of $200, while Bitcoin is still above the $6275 level, but the total value of the market is back at $195 billion as BTC failed to gain ground during last week’s rebound, and as several coins failed to join the move. The odds of a failed rally got higher after today’s selloff, and the move still only qualifies as a counter-trend one, with the long-term downtrends being in no danger in most cases.

XMR/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Monro, which has been the third major on a short-term buy signal, is also still positive in our model, despite bouncing lower off the $120-$125 resistance zone and getting close to testing the $108 support level. The coin is now trading slightly below the rising short-term trendline and it would need to show strength quickly to retain stay on a buy signal. Further support is found near $100, while key long-term resistance is ahead at $150.

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum fell back to the $200-$205 support zone today, and the coin is trying to establish a swing low, following the initial rally of its 15-month low. Despite the pullback, ETH is still on a short-term buy signal, but given the segment-wide long-term weakness, traders should still not enter full positions. A sustained move below $200 would warn of a test of the lows and a possible new leg lower, with strong resistance still ahead at $235 and $260 and with further support found at $180.

Market Still Lacking Sustained Strength

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin fell back to $6275 again after failing to show bullish momentum last week, and although BTC is still trading with relatively low volatility, well above the crucial support zone near $5850, the recent days are not positive for crypto-bulls. A sustained move below primary support would warn of a test of the weaker support near $6000 and a likely move to the key long-term zone, with resistance levels now ahead at $6500, $6750, and $7000.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ripple’s weakness is also a warning sign for bulls, as the third largest coin not just failed to join the rally last week, but it turned lower today, threatening with another move towards the August lows. XRP is still trading within its short-term range, and it remains on a neutral short-term signal, but further weakness could quickly trigger a sell signal. Support below $0.26 is found near $0.23, while resistance is ahead at $0.30, $0.3130, and $0.32.

EOS/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

EOS also remained weak during the recent altcoin bounce and now it is back on a short-term sell signal after dipping lower together with the broader market, plunging below $5 yet again. Now, a test of the August lows and a move to $4 is once again the most likely, with only the support between $4.55 and $4.65 found above the August low, while strong resistance is ahead between $5.35 and $5.55.

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Disclaimer:  The analyst owns cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but doesn’t engage in short-term or day-trading, nor does he hold short positions on any of the coins.

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Crypto Update: Downtrend Looms for Binance Coin

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Binance Coin/Bitcoin (BNB/BTC) is one of the few altcoins that’s in the green this year. The pair is up by over 145% year-to-date. The gains can be shocking, especially if you consider that most crypto pairs are down by 70% – 90%. That’s because BNB/BTC has been known to move against the general cryptocurrency market trend. The pair rose just as many popular altcoins started to plummet.

Recently, however, we’ve seen a good number of altcoins show bullish signals. If BNB/BTC counters the overall trend, then could it be possible that it is in danger of becoming bearish? In this article, we show how a major shift in the trend looms for Binance Coin.

Presence of Bearish Divergence

Seasoned traders know that a bearish divergence is a sell signal. It indicates that the market has lost its upward momentum. Thus, it would be difficult to sustain the ascent even if prices continue to rise. Without momentum, the market is in danger of reversing its trend.

Pull up the weekly chart of BNB/BTC and you’ll see a bearish divergence on the weekly chart.

Weekly chart of BNB/BTC

BNB/BTC managed to climb even though momentum was dissipating. Switch to the daily chart and you’ll see an even larger bearish divergence.

This indicator is telling us not to buy the recent dip. Chances are the uptrend is already over.

Emergence of a Reversal Pattern

On top of a bearish divergence, BNB/BTC is forming a head and shoulders reversal pattern on the daily chart. This is further evidence that upward momentum is disappearing. The lower high of 0.0019999 that the market generated on August 09, 2018 is a sign of weakness. This means that demand has significantly decreased.

Daily chart of BNB/BTC

Currently, BNB/BTC is struggling to stay on top of 0.0014 support. In addition, technical indicators show that a breach is on the horizon. Volume has been thin even though the market is just above the support. Also, the daily RSI has been generating a series of lower highs.

Without volume and momentum, BNB/BTC is at risk of triggering the reversal pattern.

Entrance into Bear Territory  

Technical analysts have different definitions of a bear market. One of the most common definitions used is an asset enters bear territory once it drops by 20% from its recent high. That’s because in a bull market, participants would consider a 10% – 15% dip as an opportunity to bargain hunt. With strong optimism, markets tend to bounce and resume the uptrend.

A 20% fall from the recent high generally means that participants are no longer optimistic about the market’s outlook. They are not racing to place long positions even though prices have significantly dropped because traders are afraid. We’re seeing this dynamic in BNB/BTC.

Fibonacci levels of BNB/BTC

BNB/BTC is hovering just above the 50% Fibonacci level. That means that the market has lost close to 50% of its value from the recent high of 0.0026555. Yet, buyers are scarce. When a significant number of participants realize that demand is not going to be as strong as it used to, they will very likely dump their positions. That should ignite the downtrend.  

Bottom Line

Binance Coin may be in the green this year but it appears that change is coming. With many popular altcoins showing signs of life, BNB/BTC is revealing reversal signals. These include the presence of a bearish divergence, the emergence of a head and shoulders pattern, and the entrance and stay in bear territory.

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