Southwest Airlines Co. [NYSE: LUV] stock went on an upward path that rose over 4.38% on Monday, amounting to a one-week price increase of more than 16.63%. The company report on February 5, 2021 that Southwest Airlines Announces Leadership Changes With Retirements And Promotions.
Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced the retirement of two veteran Officers and the promotion of several others within the carrier’s ranks across the Operational, Finance, and Commercial Departments. To view Officers’ biographies or download headshots, visit www.swamedia.com.
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Executive Vice President of Daily Operations Greg Wells is retiring from his current position and will move to an Advisor role, effective March 1. Wells has a broad background of operational experience, starting on the Ramp in 1981, and working his way up to Executive Vice President. Throughout his tenure, he worked in nine different locations before moving to Dallas in 1997. His experience includes Station Manager in both San Jose and Phoenix, Regional Ground Operations Director, Senior Ground Operations Director, Director of Flight Dispatch, Vice President of Safety, Security and Flight Dispatch, Vice President of Ground Operations, Senior Vice President Ground Operations, and Senior Vice President Operational Performance. As an Advisor, Wells will provide Leadership coaching and mentoring, historical perspectives and insights on a recurring basis to various training classes, and input into Operational training needs.
Over the last 12 months, LUV stock dropped by -8.77%. The one-year Southwest Airlines Co. stock forecast points to a potential upside of 7.15. The average equity rating for LUV stock is currently 2.20, trading closer to a bullish pattern in the stock market.
The market cap for the stock reached $30.28 billion, with 590.00 million shares outstanding and 588.99 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 8.31M shares, LUV stock reached a trading volume of 11337919 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.
Guru’s Opinion on Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV]:
Based on careful and fact-backed analyses by Wall Street experts, the current consensus on the target price for LUV shares is $56.26 per share. Analysis on target price and performance of stocks is usually carefully studied by market experts, and the current Wall Street consensus on LUV stock is a recommendation set at 2.20. This rating represents a strong Buy recommendation, on the scale from 1 to 5, where 5 would mean strong sell, 4 represents Sell, 3 is Hold, and 2 indicates Buy.
Deutsche Bank have made an estimate for Southwest Airlines Co. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Hold, with their previous recommendation back on December 11, 2020. The new note on the price target was released on December 07, 2020, representing the official price target for Southwest Airlines Co. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise from $46 to $55, while Cowen kept a Outperform rating on LUV stock. On November 30, 2020, analysts increased their price target for LUV shares from 49 to 54.
The Average True Range (ATR) for Southwest Airlines Co. is set at 1.62, with the Price to Sales ratio for LUV stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 3.35. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 3.15, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 25.12. Price to Free Cash Flow for LUV in the course of the last twelve months was 25.68 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 2.00.
LUV Stock Performance Analysis:
Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 16.63. With this latest performance, LUV shares gained by 10.37% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 56.97% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -8.77% in the past year of trading.
Overbought and oversold stocks can be easily traced with the Relative Strength Index (RSI), where an RSI result of over 70 would be overbought, and any rate below 30 would indicate oversold conditions. An RSI rate of 50 would represent a neutral market momentum. The current RSI for LUV stock in for the last two-week period is set at 70.03, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 76.93, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 65.87 for Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 46.78, while it was recorded at 48.72 for the last single week of trading, and 38.55 for the last 200 days.
Insight into Southwest Airlines Co. Fundamentals:
Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV] shares currently have an operating margin of -42.18 and a Gross Margin at -20.89. Southwest Airlines Co.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -33.97.
Return on Total Capital for LUV is now -21.87, given the latest momentum, and Return on Invested Capital for the company is -18.52. Return on Equity for this stock declined to -32.86, with Return on Assets sitting at -9.98. When it comes to the capital structure of this company, Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV] has a Total Debt to Total Equity ratio set at 137.44. Additionally, LUV Total Debt to Total Capital is recorded at 57.88, with Total Debt to Total Assets ending up at 35.27. Long-Term Debt to Equity for the company is recorded at 131.51, with the Long-Term Debt to Total Capital now at 55.39.
Receivables Turnover for the company is 8.17 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.29.Southwest Airlines Co.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 2.00 and a Current Ratio set at 2.10.
LUV Stock EPS
With the latest financial reports released by the company, Southwest Airlines Co. posted -0.15/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at -0.41/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 63.40%. The progress of the company may be observed through the prism of EPS growth rate, while Wall Street analysts are focusing on predicting the 5-year EPS growth rate for LUV.
Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV] Insider Position Details
There are presently around $23,418 million, or 77.10% of LUV stock, in the hands of institutional investors. The top three institutional holders of LUV stocks are: PRIMECAP MANAGEMENT CO/CA/ with ownership of 65,213,818, which is approximately -3.443% of the company’s market cap and around 0.25% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 52,300,653 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.73 billion in LUV stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $2.32 billion in LUV stock with ownership of nearly 1.321% of the company’s market capitalization.
Positions in Southwest Airlines Co. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of January and at the time of the January reporting period, where 534 institutional holders increased their position in Southwest Airlines Co. [NYSE:LUV] by around 62,418,613 shares. Additionally, 378 investors decreased positions by around 37,930,774 shares, while 123 investors held positions by with 347,919,518 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 448,268,905 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. LUV stock had 173 new institutional investments in for a total of 11,122,049 shares, while 98 institutional investors sold positions of 3,056,694 shares during the same period.