Featured Stock to See: Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)

This rating was issued on 1/25/17. The shares were sold at an average price of $57.25, for a total transaction of $1,219,425.00. A stock that maintains a relatively stable price has low volatility. There may be various price targets for a stock. The consensus rating is 2.6, suggesting the market has given up on the stock.

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Earnings per share (EPS) breaks down the profitability of the company on a single share basis, and for Southwest Airlines Co. the EPS stands at 0.75 for the previous quarter, while the analysts predicted the EPS of the stock to be 0.7, suggesting the stock exceeded the analysts' expectations. They now have a Dollars 47 price target on the stock. Citigroup Initiates Coverage On the company's stock to Buy on 11/18/16 by setting a price target of $57. (LUV) to Overweight with no specific Price Target. Imperial Capital boosted their price target on Southwest Airlines from $57.00 to $59.00 and gave the stock an "outperform" rating in a research note on Thursday, January 12th. (CRUS) are trading -1.59% downward from the 52-week high mark and 109.84% above from the fifty two-week low mark. The correct version of this report can be read at https://www.com-unik.info/2017/04/26/southwest-airlines-co-luv-given-consensus-recommendation-of-buy-by-analysts-updated.html. Four equities research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, eleven have given a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the company's stock. This scale runs from 1 to 5 where 1 represents Strong Buy and 5 represents Sell.

Southwest's unit costs, excluding fuel, oil expense and some items, increased 6.9 percent in the quarter and the company expects the metric to increase by about six percent in the current quarter. Also, EVP Jeff Lamb sold 14,534 shares of the stock in a transaction on Friday, December 2nd. Investors of record on Thursday, March 9th were issued a $0.10 dividend.

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Several institutional investors have recently bought and sold shares of the company. In the last quarter, insiders have sold 82,281 shares of company stock valued at $4,694,320. Southwest Airlines Company has a 52-week low of 35.42 and a 52-week high of 59.68. Finally, RDL Financial Inc. raised its position in shares of Southwest Airlines Company by 1.9% in the second quarter. The stock is now trading with a distance of 20-Day Simple Moving Average (SMA20) of -2.5%. On technical aspect, moving averages may help to distinguish path of dispositions, and they may also be used to set degrees of support and resistance. Southwest Airlines Company's payout ratio is now 11.33%. Presently, it has a Return on Equity (ROE) of 25.40% and Return on Investment (ROI) of 12.50%.

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During last one year month it performed at 20.63%. Southwest is a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States and near-international markets. A total of 3.23 million shares exchanged hands as contrast to its average trading volume of 3.99 million shares.

In terms of earnings per share, 16 analysts have a 1.16 EPS mean target for the quarter ending Jun-17, for the quarter ending Sep-17, 16 analysts have a 1.03 EPS mean target and for the quarter ending Sep-17 there are 18 estimates of 3.80 EPS.

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