Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV] stock Upgrade by JP Morgan analyst, price target now $66

Southwest Airlines Co. [NYSE: LUV] jumped around 0.43 points on Tuesday, while shares priced at $62.40 at the close of the session, up 0.69%. The company report on April 23, 2021 that Southwest Airlines Seeks To Advance Sustainable Aviation Fuel Through Two New Energy Partnerships.

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Carrier collaborating with leading energy companies that are looking to bring hundreds of millions of gallons of sustainable aviation fuel to California.

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) announced memoranda of understanding with two leading energy companies, Marathon Petroleum Corporation (NYSE: MPC), and Phillips 66 (NYSE: PSX), intended to facilitate the development and production of commercialized sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). These collaborations may include a variety of initiatives, for example an increased focus to advocate SAF policies with governmental agencies, cooperation to advance research and development targeted toward greater commercialization of SAF at progressively lower carbon intensities, and partnerships on initiatives to raise public awareness of SAF’s benefits.

Southwest Airlines Co. stock is now 33.88% up from its year-to-date (YTD) trading value. LUV Stock saw the intraday high of $62.52 and lowest of $61.36 per share. The company’s 52-week high price is 64.75, which means current price is +42.74% above from all time high which was touched on 04/14/21.

Compared to the average trading volume of 7.93M shares, LUV reached a trading volume of 4346065 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

What do top market gurus say about 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 $69.06 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 1.90. 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.

JP Morgan have made an estimate for Southwest Airlines Co. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Neutral, with their previous recommendation back on April 14, 2021. The new note on the price target was released on March 23, 2021, representing the official price target for Southwest Airlines Co. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another raise to $64, while Deutsche Bank analysts kept a Buy rating on LUV stock. On December 11, 2020, analysts increased their price target for LUV shares from 48 to 50.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Southwest Airlines Co. is set at 1.82, with the Price to Sales ratio for LUV stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 5.33. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 4.16, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 22.72.

How has LUV stock performed recently?

Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 4.26. With this latest performance, LUV shares gained by 1.81% in over the last four-week period, additionally plugging by 45.83% over the last 6 months – not to mention a rise of 114.36% 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 55.30, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 54.38, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 56.76 for Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 59.82, while it was recorded at 61.80 for the last single week of trading, and 45.92 for the last 200 days.

Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV]: Deeper insight into the fundamentals

Operating Margin for any stock indicates how profitable investing would be, and Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV] shares currently have an operating margin of -52.09 and a Gross Margin at -30.80. Southwest Airlines Co.’s Net Margin is presently recorded at -33.97.

Return on Total Capital for LUV is now -27.01, 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 -9.67. 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 33.36. 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.

Reflecting on the efficiency of the workforce at the company, Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV] managed to generate an average of -$54,407 per employee. Receivables Turnover for the company is 8.17 with a Total Asset Turnover recorded at a value of 0.28.Southwest Airlines Co.’s liquidity data is similarly interesting compelling, with a Quick Ratio of 2.00 and a Current Ratio set at 2.00.

Earnings analysis for Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV]

With the latest financial reports released by the company, Southwest Airlines Co. posted -2.67/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at -2.66/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company fail the estimates by a Surprise Factor of -0.40%. 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.

Insider trade positions for Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV]

There are presently around $27,998 million, or 78.00% 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 0.20% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 51,587,663 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $3.22 billion in LUV stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $2.68 billion in LUV stock with ownership of nearly -3.244% of the company’s market capitalization.

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Positions in Southwest Airlines Co. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of April and at the time of the April reporting period, where 561 institutional holders increased their position in Southwest Airlines Co. [NYSE:LUV] by around 49,584,021 shares. Additionally, 394 investors decreased positions by around 45,369,354 shares, while 140 investors held positions by with 353,733,646 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 448,687,021 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. LUV stock had 188 new institutional investments in for a total of 5,575,210 shares, while 87 institutional investors sold positions of 6,810,046 shares during the same period.

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