United Continental Holdings (NYSE: UAL) is one of 31 public companies in the “Airlines” industry, but how does it compare to its rivals? We will compare United Continental Holdings to similar companies based off the strength of its valuation, dividends, institutional ownership, risk, earnings, profitability and analyst recommendations.

Valuation and Earnings

This table compares United Continental Holdings and its rivals gross revenue, earnings per share (EPS) and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
United Continental Holdings $37.38 billion $6.37 billion 8.07
United Continental Holdings Competitors $8.51 billion $1.60 billion -87.83

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


This table compares United Continental Holdings and its rivals’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
United Continental Holdings 6.09% 29.46% 6.17%
United Continental Holdings Competitors 3.52% 10.27% 3.60%

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of current ratings and recommmendations for United Continental Holdings and its rivals, as reported by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
United Continental Holdings 0 9 8 0 2.47
United Continental Holdings Competitors 310 1114 2147 103 2.56

United Continental Holdings presently has a consensus price target of $83.07, suggesting a potential upside of 42.29%. All “Airlines” companies have a potential downside of 7.16%. Given United Continental Holdings’ higher probable upside, analysts plainly believe United Continental Holdings is more favorable than its rivals.

Risk & Volatility

United Continental Holdings has a beta of 1.06, suggesting that its share price is 6% more volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, United Continental Holdings’ rivals have a beta of 1.20, suggesting that their average share price is 20% more volatile than the S&P 500.

Insider & Institutional Ownership

97.7% of United Continental Holdings shares are owned by institutional investors. Comparatively, 79.0% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are owned by institutional investors. 0.3% of United Continental Holdings shares are owned by company insiders. Comparatively, 5.5% of shares of all “Airlines” companies are owned by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, large money managers and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.


United Continental Holdings beats its rivals on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

About United Continental Holdings

United Continental Holdings, Inc. (UAL) is a holding company and its principal subsidiary is United Air Lines, Inc. (United). The Company transports people and cargo through its mainline operations. It has global air rights in North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. The Company, through United and its regional carriers, operates flights from its hubs at Newark Liberty International Airport (Newark Liberty), Chicago O’Hare International Airport (Chicago O’Hare), Denver International Airport (Denver), George Bush Intercontinental Airport (Houston Bush), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), A.B. Won Pat International Airport (Guam), San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and Washington Dulles International Airport (Washington Dulles). It has contractual relationships with regional carriers to provide regional jet and turboprop service branded as United Express. These regional operations are an extension of the Company’s mainline network.

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