Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) does about 6.47M shares in volume on a normal day but saw 6085665 shares change hands in Monday trading. The company now has a market cap of 21.43B USD. Its current market price is $36.69, marking a decrease of -1.00% compared to the previous close of $37.06. The 52 week high reached by this stock is $50.10 whilst the lowest price level in 52 weeks is $30.20. The script in recent trading has seen the stock touch a high of $37.20 and a low of $36.53.
Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) has a 20-day trading average at $35.24 and the current price is -26.77% off the 52-week high compared with 21.49% distance from its 52-week low. The 50-day simple moving average of the closing price is $37.04 and its 200-day simple moving average is $38.49. If we look at the stock’s price movements over the week, volatility stands at 2.69%, which increases to 3.31% over 1 month. It is also key to look at other market indicators of price movement for the stock, where we see that the relative strength index (RSI) is at 53.42 to suggest the stock is neutral.
21 analysts observing the Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) stock have set the 12-month price targets for the company’s shares at between $35.00 and $68.00. The consensus objective for the share price is $47.19, suggesting that the stock has a potential upside of 22.25% over the period. The median price target is 16.61% away from the current levels at $44.00.
FactSet Research has provided data showing that 21 brokerages have issued ratings for the stock. 0 analysts have rated it as a sell, while 3 advise that it is a overweight. 12 analysts have rated it as a buy and 6 have advised that investors hold their positions. The consensus recommendation rating is Overweight and Wall Street’s advice is for investors to Moderate Buy the stock.
The company shares received a number of brokerage firm price updates over the past month, with the latest being on January 11, 2023 when Susquehanna downgraded the stock to “Neutral” and issued a price target of $40.
The current price level is 4.12%, -0.98%, and -4.77% away from its SMA20, SMA50, and SMA200 respectively, with the LUV price moving above the 50-day SMA on January 23. Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) stock is down -0.81% over the week and 0.82% over the past month. Its price is 8.97% year-to-date and -17.25% over the past year.
The stock last released its quarterly earnings report for quarter ended 9/29/2022, with the company’s earnings per share (EPS) of $0.5 above consensus estimates by $0.08. The company’s next earnings report is expected on 04/27/2023, with forecasts estimating quarterly EPS at -$0.09 and $1.52 for whole year. LUV’s earnings per share are forecast to grow by 170.70% this year and 102.00% over next year. Expected sales for next quarter are $5.88 billion, which analysts say will come at $23.86 billion for the current fiscal year and next year at $27 billion. In addition, estimates put the company’s current quarterly revenue at an average of $6.19 billion.
Its 12-month price target is $44.00. To reach the target analysts have set, the stock logically needs to grow 22.25 percent from here. Of course, the average price target is just what the average analysts believe a stock will be worth in the next 52 weeks, and is only one metric. There are analysts with lower targets than the average, including one bearish Wall Street research firm advocating investors to wait for the price to pull back to $35.00, given the recent momentum. And then, on the bullish side of things, one analyst is expecting the stock to peak at $68.00.
Outstanding shares total 593.00M with insiders holding 0.35% of the shares and institutional holders owning 75.94% of the company’s common stock. The company has a return on investment of 6.40% and return on equity of 7.70%. The price to earnings ratio (P/E ratio) amounts to 28.82 while the forward price to earnings ratio is 11.96. The beta has a value of 1.15. Price to book ratio is 1.99 and price to sales ratio is 0.94.
According to a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing, Vanguard PRIMECAP Fund has reduced its position in Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) to 26,197,378 shares, mirroring a recent drop by -0.23%. Vanguard PRIMECAP Fund dumped 60100.0 shares of Southwest Airlines Co. common stock bringing its total worth to about $882.07 million at the end of recent close, SEC documents show. Vanguard PRIMECAP Fund isn’t the only investment manager who changed stakes and is followed by Vanguard Total Stock Market Index, which added 0.22 million shares to end up with 18,072,820 shares worth $608.51 million. Vanguard Mid Cap Index Fund cut their holdings by -0.40% in the company over the course of the most recent quarter. It now holds a 2.33% position in Southwest Airlines Co. thanks to 13.83 million shares amounting to $465.53 million.