Wolfe Research lifts Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV] price estimate. Who else is bullish?


Southwest Airlines Co. [NYSE: LUV] price plunged by -0.77 percent to reach at -$0.35. The company report on December 7, 2021 that Southwest Airlines Co. 2021 Investor Day.

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A sum of 11296831 shares traded at recent session while its average daily volume was at 7.75M shares. Southwest Airlines Co. shares reached a high of $46.75 and dropped to a low of $44.85 until finishing in the latest session at $45.21.

The one-year LUV stock forecast points to a potential upside of 27.52. The average equity rating for LUV stock is currently 2.00, trading closer to a bullish pattern in the stock market.

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 $62.38 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 2.00. 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.

Wolfe Research have made an estimate for Southwest Airlines Co. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Outperform, with their previous recommendation back on November 19, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Goldman dropped their target price from $63 to $59. The new note on the price target was released on November 16, 2021, representing the official price target for Southwest Airlines Co. stock. Previously, the target price had yet another drop from $65 to $60, while UBS kept a Buy rating on LUV stock. On October 22, 2021, analysts decreased their price target for LUV shares from 60 to 56.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Southwest Airlines Co. is set at 1.79, with the Price to Sales ratio for LUV stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 2.15. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 2.61, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 26.41. Price to Free Cash Flow for LUV in the course of the last twelve months was 19.77 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 1.82. With this latest performance, LUV shares dropped by -13.44% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -22.61% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -5.60% 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 43.31, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 44.87, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 43.12 for Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 49.11, while it was recorded at 44.59 for the last single week of trading, and 54.27 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 -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.


With the latest financial reports released by the company, Southwest Airlines Co. posted -1.29/share EPS, while the average EPS was predicted by analysts to be reported at -1.68/share. When compared, the two values demonstrate that the company surpassed the estimates by a Surprise Factor of 23.20%. 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.

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Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV] Insider Position Details

There are presently around $20,870 million, or 79.20% 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 55,956,764, which is approximately -0.982% of the company’s market cap and around 0.32% of the total institutional ownership; VANGUARD GROUP INC, holding 52,618,218 shares of the stock with an approximate value of $2.38 billion in LUV stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $1.83 billion in LUV stock with ownership of nearly -1.102% of the company’s market capitalization.

Positions in Southwest Airlines Co. stocks held by institutional investors increased at the end of October and at the time of the October reporting period, where 487 institutional holders increased their position in Southwest Airlines Co. [NYSE:LUV] by around 37,197,043 shares. Additionally, 435 investors decreased positions by around 38,815,486 shares, while 201 investors held positions by with 385,605,056 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 461,617,585 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. LUV stock had 115 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,689,613 shares, while 91 institutional investors sold positions of 10,154,708 shares during the same period.