why Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV] is a Good Choice for Investors After New Price Target of $57.78

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Southwest Airlines Co. [NYSE: LUV] plunged by -$0.11 during the normal trading session on Monday and reaching a high of $41.905 during the day while it closed the day at $41.76. The company report on December 17, 2021 that SOUTHWEST AIRLINES ANNOUNCES TWO LEADERSHIP PROMOTIONS.

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) (the “Company”) today announced two Leadership promotions within the Technology Department to replace recently vacated roles, with both effective Jan. 1, 2022.


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Kayce Ford is promoted to Vice President of Enterprise Management. Ford most recently served as Senior Director, Customer Support & Services/Customer Relations (CS&S/CR) in the Technology Department. In her new role, Ford will be responsible for managing the business relationships and integration of Business and Technology strategy for Finance, People & Communications, Supply Chain, Internal Audit, and Corporate Strategy. Ford joined Southwest Airlines in 2017 as Director of CS&S/CR and Customer. Prior to joining Southwest, Ford worked in both Management and Technology Consulting at Accenture for over 18 years. Ford is a graduate of Baylor University.

Southwest Airlines Co. stock has also gained 5.30% of its value over the past 7 days. However, LUV stock has declined by -21.15% in the 3 months of the year. Over the past six months meanwhile, it has lost -21.55% and lost -10.41% year-on date.

The market cap for LUV stock reached $24.28 billion, with 592.00 million shares outstanding and 590.05 million shares in the current float. Compared to the average trading volume of 8.88M shares, LUV reached a trading volume of 6907130 in the most recent trading day, which is why market watchdogs consider the stock to be active.

Here’s what leading stock market gurus have to 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 $57.78 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.

Barclays have made an estimate for Southwest Airlines Co. shares, keeping their opinion on the stock as Overweight, with their previous recommendation back on December 15, 2021. While these analysts kept the previous recommendation, Goldman dropped their target price from $59 to $36. The new note on the price target was released on December 10, 2021, representing the official price target for Southwest Airlines Co. stock. On December 09, 2021, analysts decreased their price target for LUV shares from 60 to 45.

The Average True Range (ATR) for Southwest Airlines Co. is set at 1.57, with the Price to Sales ratio for LUV stock in the period of the last 12 months amounting to 1.90. The Price to Book ratio for the last quarter was 2.41, with the Price to Cash per share for the same quarter was set at 27.53. Price to Free Cash Flow for LUV in the course of the last twelve months was 17.52 with Quick ratio for the last quarter at 2.00.

LUV stock trade performance evaluation

Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV] gain into the green zone at the end of the last week, gaining into a positive trend and gaining by 5.30. With this latest performance, LUV shares dropped by -11.13% in over the last four-week period, additionally sinking by -21.55% over the last 6 months – not to mention a drop of -9.77% 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 42.20, with the RSI for the last a single of trading hit 46.77, and the three-weeks RSI is set at 40.98 for Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV]. The present Moving Average for the last 50 days of trading for this stock 46.03, while it was recorded at 41.00 for the last single week of trading, and 53.15 for the last 200 days.

Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV]: An insightful look at the core 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.

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Southwest Airlines Co. [LUV]: Insider Ownership positions

There are presently around $19,327 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 $2.2 billion in LUV stocks shares; and STATE STREET CORP, currently with $1.69 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 484 institutional holders increased their position in Southwest Airlines Co. [NYSE:LUV] by around 37,169,911 shares. Additionally, 437 investors decreased positions by around 38,827,550 shares, while 201 investors held positions by with 385,588,060 shares. The mentioned changes placed institutional holdings at 461,585,521 shares, according to the latest SEC report filing. LUV stock had 113 new institutional investments in for a total of 2,662,673 shares, while 92 institutional investors sold positions of 10,161,648 shares during the same period.