Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) saw an uptrend of 0.58% in the recent trading with $45.88 being its most recent. The current price level -22.01% lower than the highest price of $58.83 marked by the stock while trading over the past 52-weeks, whereas it is 104.24% higher than the lowest price of $22.47 the company dropped to over past 52-weeks. The latest news story on LUV appeared in Investor’s Business Daily under the title “Delta To Bring Back Pilots But Airline Stocks Fall On New Covid Restrictions” on Jan-25-21.

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Squeezing the time span to 30 day period shows us the stock is currently trading -7.44% below one month high and is +2.76% above of the lowest during that time. Looking into the simple moving average, Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)’s stock stands at a SMA-50 of $46.54 while that of 5-day is reading $46.96.

Daily rise and fall of price influence many of the traders, and in order to overcome the fluctuating effect of that and to watch the stock closely, traders focus more on stock’s 200-day moving average. At various points in trading activity, investors are more likely to be making use of that measure as a strong indicator in figuring out their support and resistance levels, and LUV’s SMA-200 as of now is $37.86.

Coming around sales and income figures, publically trading companies under normal circumstances post earnings and revenues near to average estimates by the Wall Street analysts, but those could came either above or below estimates and known as surprise factor. Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) last released financial results for the quarter that ended 9/29/2020, posting a surprise factor of 15.30% for net revenue. During the reported three-month period, company’s sales were $1.79 billion while analysts on average were estimating the same to be $2.11 billion.

The perspective of Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV)’s current quarter earnings identifies that analysts are in consensus over the estimate of -2.35 for stock’s EPS in the current quarter. 19 analysts covering the stock at Wall Street were agreed upon that EPS consensus. Company’s EPS for the last quarter was -1.99.

Investors get the exact data about the key information of institutional ownership in a listed company through its 13F filings at the Stock Exchange Commission (SEC). The total number of common shares currently owned by the public is 590.00 million. LUV does have institutional investors; and they hold 76.30% or $52716.12 of the stock.

Moreover, the latest SEC filings also revealed that stock came across 1 new insider purchases involving 25,124 shares. On the other hand, LUV declared 43,390 shares have been sold in 6 insider transactions over the past three months.

As on Sep 29, 2020, Primecap Management Company was the top most holder in Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) with an ownership of 67.54 million shares of the company or 11.44% of the stake worth $2.53 billion. The filing also reveals Vanguard Group, Inc. (The) as the second largest holder in the company with a control over 8.86% of the outstanding shares. Its stake is worth $1.96 billion for having 52.3 million shares in hand.

State Street Corporation also came holding a key position in the company during the recent quarter and it now holds 7.51% of the outstanding shares. With this there are now 1,149 institutions which have possession in LUV’s shares.

Investors are for sure keenly observing the recommendations of analysts at Wall Street about the Southwest Airlines Co. And review of current evaluations agreed by the analysts discloses a Buy rating for LUV. The simple numeric range of brokerage firm referenced at the scale of 1 to 5 reads a current average recommendation of 2.20 for the stock. Lower value of between 0 and 2 implies a Buy recommendation whereas the value in the range of 2 to 3 suggests Hold while above 3 recommends the investors to Sell the stock. Currently, the stock has been recommended as Moderate Buy by 23 of the Wall Street analysts.

The liquidity is a key characteristic of any stock and is the main point of focus of both short-term as well as long term investors before start trading into a stock. In recently reported quarter, current ratio recorded by Southwest Airlines Co. was 0.67 while posting a debt to equity ratio of 1.11. The count was 28.72 for long-term debt to equity ratio.

Southwest Airlines Co.’s return on equity, or ROE, is -16.70%, compared to the industry average of 3.11% for Industrials – Airlines. Although this indicates that LUV fails to use its equity well, the metric will vary significantly depending on the industry.

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To comprehend better with the trade moves and investors’ behavior, exploring the short, medium and long term technical indicators along with average volume of a stock is an effective way to make use of. When looking into those indicators for Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV), we notice that the stock’s 20-day average volume is at 6,305,362 shares and 50% of short term indicators are suggesting the stock as Buy. Medium term indicators at an average of 50% are spotting the stock at Buy with its 50-day average volume of 7,511,230 shares. And to end, LUV’s 100-day average volume is 9,150,773 shares with 100% of the long-term indicators pointing towards Buy for the stock.

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