US Airways Group (NYSE: LCC) and United Continental Holdings (NYSE:UAL) are both industrials companies, but which is the superior investment? We will compare the two businesses based on the strength of their analyst recommendations, dividends, profitability, valuation, earnings, risk and institutional ownership.

Insider and Institutional Ownership

97.7% of United Continental Holdings shares are held by institutional investors. 0.3% of United Continental Holdings shares are held by company insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that hedge funds, endowments and large money managers believe a stock will outperform the market over the long term.

Analyst Recommendations

This is a breakdown of current ratings and target prices for US Airways Group and United Continental Holdings, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
US Airways Group 0 0 0 0 N/A
United Continental Holdings 0 12 6 0 2.33

United Continental Holdings has a consensus target price of $79.85, indicating a potential upside of 18.18%. Given United Continental Holdings’ higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe United Continental Holdings is more favorable than US Airways Group.

Profitability

This table compares US Airways Group and United Continental Holdings’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
US Airways Group N/A N/A N/A
United Continental Holdings 6.09% 29.46% 6.17%

Earnings and Valuation

This table compares US Airways Group and United Continental Holdings’ gross revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue Price/Sales Ratio EBITDA Earnings Per Share Price/Earnings Ratio
US Airways Group N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
United Continental Holdings $37.38 billion 0.55 $6.37 billion $7.23 9.35

United Continental Holdings has higher revenue and earnings than US Airways Group.

Summary

United Continental Holdings beats US Airways Group on 8 of the 8 factors compared between the two stocks.

About US Airways Group

US Airways Group, Inc. (US Airways Group) is a holding company whose primary business activity is the operation of a network air carrier through its wholly owned subsidiaries US Airways, Piedmont Airlines, Inc. (Piedmont), PSA Airlines, Inc. (PSA), Material Services Company, Inc. (MSC) and Airways Assurance Limited (AAL). MSC and AAL operate in support of its airline subsidiaries in areas, such as the procurement of aviation fuel and insurance. Effective December 9, 2013, AMR Corp merged with US Airways Group Inc.

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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