This morning, most of the leading airline stocks are declining sharply lower. The catalyst for the fall in the airline sector is due to a poor reaction to earnings from American Airlines (NYSE:AAL) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV). The airline sector is even falling despite lower oil prices so this is a good indication that the sector is headed lower in the near term.
Delta Air lines (NYSE:DAL) is a stock that should be on everyone’s radar. This company reported earnings last week and is now close to retesting its 200-day moving average. All indications on the chart are signaling a further decline in the stock over the near term. Trader and investors should keep an eye on the $39.25 level for a potential downside target. This is also an area where the institutional money will likely support the stock. I would be a buyer of DAL stock at the $39.25 level with a stop-loss below $36.00 on a weekly chart close. This should present a solid risk/reward trade setup with the upside target being around $47.00.