NYSE:LUV - Southwest Airlines Stock Price, News, & Analysis

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$51.14 -0.22 (-0.43 %)
(As of 12/11/2018 07:59 AM ET)
Previous Close$51.36
Today's Range$50.1940 - $51.80
52-Week Range$47.10 - $66.99
Volume5.01 million shs
Average Volume4.09 million shs
Market Capitalization$28.88 billion
P/E Ratio14.61
Dividend Yield1.25%
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.

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Industry, Sector and Symbol

Stock Exchange NYSE
Industry Air transportation, scheduled
Current SymbolNYSE:LUV
Previous Symbol


Debt-to-Equity Ratio0.47
Current Ratio0.71
Quick Ratio0.65


Trailing P/E Ratio14.61
Forward P/E Ratio12.29
P/E Growth1.11

Sales & Book Value

Annual Sales$21.17 billion
Price / Sales1.36
Cash Flow$5.5769 per share
Price / Cash Flow9.17
Book Value$17.58 per share
Price / Book2.91


EPS (Most Recent Fiscal Year)$3.50
Net Income$3.49 billion
Net Margins17.18%
Return on Equity22.27%
Return on Assets8.61%


Outstanding Shares562,310,000
Market Cap$28.88 billion

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. Shareholders of record on Wednesday, December 5th will be given a dividend of $0.16 per share on Wednesday, January 2nd. This represents a $0.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.25%. 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 declared that its Board of Directors has initiated a stock buyback program on Sunday, June 4th 2017, which permits the company to buyback $2,000,000,000.00 in shares, according to EventVestor. This buyback authorization permits the company to reacquire up to 5.8% of its stock through open market purchases. Stock buyback programs are often a sign that the company's board believes its stock is undervalued.

How were Southwest Airlines' earnings last quarter?

Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) issued its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, October, 25th. The airline reported $1.08 EPS for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters' 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 quarter last year, the company earned $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?

22 analysts have issued 1 year target prices for Southwest Airlines' stock. Their forecasts range from $52.00 to $85.00. On average, they anticipate Southwest Airlines' share price to reach $65.3158 in the next year. This suggests a possible upside of 27.7% from the stock's current price. View Analyst Price Targets for Southwest Airlines.

What is the consensus analysts' recommendation for Southwest Airlines?

22 Wall Street analysts have issued "buy," "hold," and "sell" ratings for Southwest Airlines in the last year. There are currently 1 sell rating, 6 hold ratings and 15 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?

Media stories about LUV stock have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. The research group identifies positive and negative news coverage by analyzing more than six thousand news and blog 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 coverage optimism score of 1.5 on InfoTrie's scale. They also assigned press coverage about the airline a news buzz of 10.0 out of 10, meaning that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company's share price in the near future.

Are investors shorting Southwest Airlines?

Southwest Airlines saw a increase in short interest in November. As of November 15th, there was short interest totalling 19,064,416 shares, an increase of 49.4% from the October 31st total of 12,763,291 shares. Based on an average daily trading volume, of 5,736,598 shares, the short-interest ratio is presently 3.3 days. Currently, 3.4% of the company's stock are short sold. View Southwest Airlines' Current Options Chain.

Who are some of Southwest Airlines' key competitors?

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 a variety of of retail and institutional investors. Top institutional shareholders include Primecap Management Co. CA (13.15%), Vanguard Group Inc. (6.51%), BlackRock Inc. (4.75%), FMR LLC (2.26%), Bank of New York Mellon Corp (1.15%) and Bank of Montreal Can (0.98%). 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 institutional 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 Morgan Stanley. 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 institutional investors are buying Southwest Airlines stock?

LUV stock was purchased by a variety of institutional investors in the last quarter, including TIAA CREF Investment Management LLC, Impala Asset Management LLC, FMR LLC, First Trust Advisors LP, Teachers Advisors LLC, Bowen Hanes & Co. Inc., Primecap Management Co. CA and Cornerstone Wealth 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 $51.14.

How big of a company is Southwest Airlines?

Southwest Airlines has a market capitalization of $28.88 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:  2.9 out of 5 (star star)
Outperform Votes:  925 (Vote Outperform)
Underperform Votes:  647 (Vote Underperform)
Total Votes:  1,572
MarketBeat'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 12/11/2018 by MarketBeat.com Staff

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