Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) in recent session today was buoying at a rise of 1.96% from its closing price on previous day.
Taking a look at stock we notice that its last check on previous day was $38.8 and 5Y monthly beta was reading 1.23 with its price kept floating in the range of $39.03 and $39.80 on the day. Company’s P/E ratio for the trailing 12 months is 113.78. Considering stock’s 52-week price range provides that LUV hit a high price of $58.83 and saw its price falling to a low level of $22.47 during that period. Over a period of past 1-month, stock came losing -7.84% in its value.
With its current market valuation of $22.46 Billion, Southwest Airlines Co. is set to declare its quarterly results on October 22, 2020. LUV Stock’s Forward Dividend of 0 and its yield of 0 are making investors’ thoughts stronger that it could fall further before the company announces its earnings for the current quarter. Analysts are in estimates of -$2.35 per share for company’s earnings in the current quarter and are expecting its annual EPS growth moving down to -$6.69 for 2020 with estimates of that growing to $0.82 in next year. These estimates are suggesting current year growth of -2.57% for EPS and -1.12% growth next year.
Analysts watching the company’s growth closely have provided estimates for its revenue growth with an average revenue estimate of $1.7 Billion. They suggested that in the process company could generate revenue of as low as $1.49 Billion which could climb up to $1.8 Billion to hit a high. The average estimate is representing an increase of -69.8% in sales growth from that of posted by the company in the same quarter of last year. In keeping analyst consensus estimate with, company is forecasted to be making an annual revenue of $9.25 Billion in 2020, which will be -58.8% less from revenue generated by the company last year.
In last 7 days, analysts came adjusting their opinions about stock’s EPS with 3 upward and no downward revisions, an indication which could give clearer idea about the company’s short term price movement. In contrast, when we review LUV stock’s current outlook then short term indicators are assigning it an average of 50% Buy, while medium term indicators are categorizing the stock at an average of 50% Buy. Long term indicators are suggesting an average of 50% Buy for it.
According to ratings assigned by 21 analysts at the scale of 1 to 5 with 1.00 representing a strong buy and 5.00 suggesting a strong sell; 7 of them are recommending Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) as a Hold, while 13 are in view that stock is a Buy. Recommendation by None analysts for the stock is an Outperform while number of those analysts who rated the stock as Underperform is none, whereas 1 of them are considering the stock as a Sell. When taken as whole, stock gets a rating of Overweight and that encourages the investors to exploit the opportunity and build their stake up in the company.
Digging deeper we become aware of the PEG ratio of the LUV stock which is currently positioned at 0. It further provides that stock’s current price level is 3.19% away from its 20-day simple moving average and is 5.21% off its SMA50. Its relative strength index (RSI) for 14-periods is oscillating at 58.09 while volatility remained at 2.32% over the past week which changes to 3.6% when measuring it over the past month. Beta is valued at 1.23, while measure of average true range or ATR is currently at 1.39. In predicting price targets of as low as $29 and as high as $56, analysts are in agreement on assigning the stock over the next 12 months average price target of $45.22. Stock’s current price level is -26.69% above from estimated low price target while it is 41.56% below the estimated high; and even if the LUV’s share succeeded to reach the median price of $45.5, then the outlook of +15.02% could come to the excitement of the investors.
In comparing Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)’s stock with other industry players reveals that stock’s latest price change of +1.96% and that of -27.71% over the past 12 months is in better position with that of Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL) which saw its stock price raised by 0.12% in the recent trading and went through a decline of -41.06% in past 12-month trading. Industry’s another major player Ryanair Hlds Plc (RYAAY) has fell -0.84% down in latest trading session, but over the past year has faced a rise of 15.41%, while United Airlines Holdings Inc (UAL) is also up 1.96% however its price remained floating in the red at -27.71% over the same period. Southwest Airlines Co. has a P/E ratio of 113.78 against that of Delta Air Lines Inc’s 0 while Ryanair Hlds Plc is showing 79.22 for the same. On the other hand, the S&P 500 Index was up 0.58% in the early deals while the Dow Jones Industrial was dealing higher at 0.92%.
Having a second look at Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) provides that stock’s average daily trading volume for 3 months was 11.54 Million, while it jumped to 8.26 Million when we calculate an average volume for past 10 days. Number of outstanding shares of the stock currently stood at 589.87 Million.
Data compiled by Thomson Reuters highlights that percentage of outstanding shares held by the insiders is 0.25% while it is 76.34% for the institutional holders. The figures also indicate that as of September 29, 2020, number of stock’s short shares was 19230000 which implies a short ratio of 1.62. This shows up a 3.26% of Short Interest in company’s outstanding shares on the day. In September the standing of shares short improved as it was 15.29 Million in the previous month. Drop of -28.12% by stock’s current price to its year-to-date value in today’s trading is likely to be increasing investors’ worries about the stock as it is hinting a further drop.