Are Delta Air’s Top Institutional Stock Passengers Cruising for Higher Altitudes?

For the year-to-date, Delta Air Lines Inc.(NYSE:DAL) shares are up 30.90 percent. On Monday, the company announced a $65 million investment in Grupo AeroMexico (AEROMEX.MX), giving them a 4 percent stake in Mexico’s largest airline. Regulators have cleared the deal, authorizing Delta to buy 30.2 million AeroMexico shares at 31 pesos each. The company is looking to expand in emerging markets and said in 2011 it would take a stake in the airline.

With the opportunity for new markets, will Delta’s largest shareholders increase their positions? 439 institutional firms indicated owning shares of Delta Air Lines Inc. (NYSE:DAL) in Q1 2012. These firms reported owning a total of 673.15 million shares on 03/31/2012. The shares closed at $9.92 on 03/31/2012.

Here are the ten largest positions in Delta Air Lines Inc. at the end of March 31st, 2012.

Wellington Management Co LLP held 64,158,199 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $636,449,339. This brought the portfolio total to 0.22%.

Janus Capital Management LLC held 53,496,543 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $530,685,711. This brought the portfolio total to 0.55%.

Vanguard Group Inc held 36,433,479 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $361,420,114. This brought the portfolio total to 0.05%.

Capital World Investors held 36,273,769 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $359,835,791. This brought the portfolio total to 0.13%.

Wayzata Investment Partners LLC held 34,797,495 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $345,191,153. This brought the portfolio total to 44.09%.

Alliancebernstein L.P. held 24,901,219 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $247,020,094. This brought the portfolio total to 0.25%.

Capital Research Global Investors held 21,390,000 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $212,188,802. This brought the portfolio total to 0.09%.

Capital Growth Management LP held 19,850,000 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $196,912,002. This brought the portfolio total to 4.29%.

Lansdowne Partners Limited Partnership held 19,538,278 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $193,819,719. This brought the portfolio total to 3.29%.

Blackrock Institutional Trust Company N.A. held 19,375,151 shares on 03/31/2012 worth $192,201,499. This brought the portfolio total to 0.04%.

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