NYSE:LUV - Southwest Airlines Stock Price, News, & Analysis Sign in or create an account to add this stock to your watchlist. Get Started $52.65 +0.07 (+0.13 %) (As of 11/19/2018 03:31 PM ET)Previous Close$52.58Today's Range$52.09 - $52.8252-Week Range$47.10 - $66.99Volume222,668 shsAverage Volume7.10 million shsMarket Capitalization$29.57 billionP/E Ratio15.02Dividend Yield1.22%Beta1.22 ProfileDiscussionAnalyst RatingsChartDividendEarningsFinancialsInsider TradesInstitutional OwnershipHeadlinesOptions ChainSEC FilingsSocial Media Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on RedditShare on StocktwitsPrint this articleShare by Email Southwest Airlines Co. operates a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation services in the United States and near-international markets. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated a total of 706 Boeing 737 aircraft; and served 100 destinations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as 10 near-international countries, including Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Belize, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos. It also sells frequent flyer points and related services to business partners participating in the Rapid Rewards frequent flyer program, such as car rental agencies, hotels, restaurants, and retailers. In addition, the company offers a suite of digital platforms to support customers' needs across the travel journey, including Southwest.com, mobile.southwest.com, an iOS app, an android app, an email subscription service, and push notifications; and Swabiz.com, a Website for business customers that offer businesses shared stored company credit cards, company activity reporting, and centralized traveler management services. Southwest Airlines Co. was founded in 1967 and is based in Dallas, Texas. Receive LUV News and Ratings via Email Sign-up to receive the latest news and ratings for LUV and its competitors with MarketBeat's FREE daily newsletter. Industry, Sector and Symbol Stock Exchange NYSE Industry Air transportation, scheduled Sub-IndustryAirlines SectorTransportation Current SymbolNYSE:LUV Previous Symbol CUSIP84474110 Webwww.southwest.com Phone214-792-4000 Debt Debt-to-Equity Ratio0.47 Current Ratio0.71 Quick Ratio0.65 Price-To-Earnings Trailing P/E Ratio15.02 Forward P/E Ratio12.75 P/E Growth1.14 Sales & Book Value Annual Sales$21.17 billion Price / Sales1.40 Cash Flow$5.6130 per share Price / Cash9.38 Book Value$17.58 per share Price / Book2.99 Profitability EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$3.50 Net Income$3.49 billion Net Margins17.18% Return on Equity22.27% Return on Assets8.61% Miscellaneous Employees56,100 Outstanding Shares562,310,000Market Cap$29.57 billion OptionableOptionable Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) Frequently Asked Questions What is Southwest Airlines' stock symbol? Southwest Airlines trades on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol "LUV." How often does Southwest Airlines pay dividends? What is the dividend yield for Southwest Airlines? Southwest Airlines declared a quarterly dividend on Wednesday, November 14th. Stockholders of record on Wednesday, December 5th will be paid a dividend of $0.16 per share on Wednesday, January 2nd. This represents a $0.64 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.22%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 4th. View Southwest Airlines' Dividend History. How will Southwest Airlines' stock buyback program work? Southwest Airlines announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a stock buyback plan on Sunday, June 4th 2017, which allows the company to repurchase $2,000,000,000.00 in outstanding shares, according to EventVestor. This repurchase authorization allows the company to buy up to 5.8% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock repurchase plans are generally an indication that the company's board of directors believes its stock is undervalued. How were Southwest Airlines' earnings last quarter? Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) posted its earnings results on Thursday, October, 25th. The airline reported $1.08 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, topping the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.06 by $0.02. The airline earned $5.58 billion during the quarter, compared to the consensus estimate of $5.56 billion. Southwest Airlines had a return on equity of 22.27% and a net margin of 17.18%. During the same period in the prior year, the company posted $0.88 EPS. View Southwest Airlines' Earnings History. When is Southwest Airlines' next earnings date? Southwest Airlines is scheduled to release their next quarterly earnings announcement on Thursday, January 24th 2019. View Earnings Estimates for Southwest Airlines. What price target have analysts set for LUV? 20 brokerages have issued twelve-month target prices for Southwest Airlines' shares. Their predictions range from $52.00 to $85.00. On average, they anticipate Southwest Airlines' share price to reach $65.6111 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 24.6% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Southwest Airlines. What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Southwest Airlines? 20 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Southwest Airlines in the last year. There are currently 1 sell rating, 5 hold ratings and 14 buy ratings for the stock, resulting in a consensus recommendation of "Buy." View Analyst Ratings for Southwest Airlines. Has Southwest Airlines been receiving favorable news coverage? Press coverage about LUV stock has trended somewhat positive on Monday, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group rates the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than six thousand blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Southwest Airlines earned a news sentiment score of 0.9 on InfoTrie's scale. They also gave news stories about the airline a news buzz of 9.0 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the stock's share price in the immediate future. Are investors shorting Southwest Airlines? Southwest Airlines saw a drop in short interest in the month of October. As of October 15th, there was short interest totalling 12,455,165 shares, a drop of 16.3% from the September 28th total of 14,888,570 shares. Based on an average trading volume of 4,832,879 shares, the days-to-cover ratio is currently 2.6 days. Currently, 2.2% of the company's stock are short sold. View Southwest Airlines' Current Options Chain. Who are some of Southwest Airlines' key competitors? Some companies that are related to Southwest Airlines include Delta Air Lines (DAL), Ryanair (RYAAY), American Airlines Group (AAL), Deutsche Lufthansa (DLAKY), China Eastern Airlines Corp. Ltd. ADR Class H (CEA), Azul (AZUL), Alaska Air Group (ALK), Intl Cons Airl/S (ICAGY), China Southern Airlines (ZNH), easyJet (EJTTF), LATAM Airlines Group (LTM), JetBlue Airways (JBLU), CATHAY Pac AIRW/S (CPCAY), Air France-KLM (AFLYY) and Copa (CPA). Who are Southwest Airlines' key executives? Southwest Airlines' management team includes the folowing people: Mr. Gary C. Kelly, Chairman & CEO (Age 63)Mr. Thomas M. Nealon, Pres (Age 57)Ms. Tammy Romo, Exec. VP & CFO (Age 56)Mr. Michael G. Van de Ven, Chief Operating Officer (Age 56)Mr. Robert E. Jordan, Exec. VP of Corp. Services (Age 57) Who are Southwest Airlines' major shareholders? Southwest Airlines' stock is owned by many different of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional investors include Primecap Management Co. CA (13.15%), BlackRock Inc. (4.75%), FMR LLC (2.26%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (1.15%), Bank of Montreal Can (0.98%) and AQR Capital Management LLC (0.92%). Company insiders that own Southwest Airlines stock include Andrew M Watterson, De Ven Michael G Van, Douglas H Brooks, Gary C Kelly, Gregory D Wells, J Veronica Biggins, Jeff Lamb, John T Montford, Mark R Shaw, Robert E Jordan, Tammy Romo and William H Dr Cunningham. View Institutional Ownership Trends for Southwest Airlines. Which major investors are selling Southwest Airlines stock? LUV stock was sold by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including Point72 Asset Management L.P., Deutsche Bank AG, BlackRock Inc., Bank of New York Mellon Corp, Alliancebernstein L.P., Prudential Financial Inc., Thrivent Financial for Lutherans and Glenmede Trust Co. NA. Company insiders that have sold Southwest Airlines company stock in the last year include Andrew M Watterson, De Ven Michael G Van, Douglas H Brooks, Gary C Kelly, Gregory D Wells, John T Montford, Mark R Shaw, Robert E Jordan and Tammy Romo. View Insider Buying and Selling for Southwest Airlines. Which major investors are buying Southwest Airlines stock? LUV stock was acquired by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC, FMR LLC, First Trust Advisors LP, Teachers Advisors LLC, Bowen Hanes & Co. Inc., Primecap Management Co. CA, Cornerstone Wealth Management LLC and BlueMountain Capital Management LLC. View Insider Buying and Selling for Southwest Airlines. How do I buy shares of Southwest Airlines? Shares of LUV can be purchased through any online brokerage account. Popular online brokerages with access to the U.S. stock market include Vanguard Brokerage Services, TD Ameritrade, E*TRADE, Scottrade, Fidelity and Charles Schwab. What is Southwest Airlines' stock price today? One share of LUV stock can currently be purchased for approximately $52.65. How big of a company is Southwest Airlines? Southwest Airlines has a market capitalization of $29.57 billion and generates $21.17 billion in revenue each year. The airline earns $3.49 billion in net income (profit) each year or $3.50 on an earnings per share basis. Southwest Airlines employs 56,100 workers across the globe. What is Southwest Airlines' official website? The official website for Southwest Airlines is http://www.southwest.com. How can I contact Southwest Airlines? Southwest Airlines' mailing address is 2702 LOVE FIELD DRIVE P O BOX 36611, DALLAS TX, 75235. The airline can be reached via phone at 214-792-4000. MarketBeat Community Rating for Southwest Airlines (NYSE LUV)Community Ranking: 3.0 out of 5 ( )Outperform Votes: 920 (Vote Outperform)Underperform Votes: 638 (Vote Underperform)Total Votes: 1,558MarketBeat's community ratings are surveys of what our community members think about Southwest Airlines and other stocks. Vote "Outperform" if you believe LUV will outperform the S&P 500 over the long term. Vote "Underperform" if you believe LUV will underperform the S&P 500 over the long term. You may vote once every thirty days. This page was last updated on 11/19/2018 by MarketBeat.com StaffFeatured Article: Asset Allocation Models, Which is Right For You?