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Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) Volatility Hits 1.89% – Here’s What A Good Investor Should Do

Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) concluded the trading at $28.94 on Thursday, September 14 with a rise of 0.52% from its closing price on previous day.

Taking a look at stock we notice that its last check on previous day was $28.79 with its price kept floating in the range of $28.5801 and $29.11 on the day. Company’s P/E ratio for the trailing 12 months is 33.50. Considering stock’s 52-week price range provides that LUV hit a high price of $40.38 and saw its price falling to a low level of $28.36 during that period. Over a period of past 1-month, stock came subtracting -12.62% in its value.

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With its current market valuation of $17.18 billion. LUV Stock’s Forward Dividend of 0.72 and its yield of 2.49% are making investors’ thoughts stronger that it could climb further before the company announces its earnings for the current quarter. Analysts are in estimates of $0.48 per share for company’s earnings in the current quarter and are expecting its annual EPS growth moving up to $1.95 for 2023 with estimates of that growing to $2.7 in next year. These estimates are suggesting current year growth of 68.10% for EPS and 38.50% growth next year.

Analysts watching the company’s growth closely have provided estimates for its revenue growth with an average revenue estimate of $6.63 billion. They suggested that in the process company could generate revenue of as low as $6.54 billion which could climb up to $6.75 billion to hit a high. The average estimate is representing an increase of 6.70% 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 $26.27 billion in 2023, which will be 10.30% more from revenue generated by the company last year.

In last 7 days, analysts came adjusting their opinions about stock’s EPS with no 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 100% Sell, while medium term indicators are categorizing the stock at an average of 25% Buy. Long term indicators are suggesting an average of 100% Sell 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; 14 of them are recommending Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) as a Hold, while 4 are in view that stock is a Buy. Recommendation by 0 analysts for the stock is an Underweight while number of those analysts who rated the stock as an Overweight is 1, whereas 2 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 0.75. It further provides that stock’s current price level is -6.56% away from its 20-day simple moving average and is -13.96% off its SMA50. Its relative strength index (RSI) for 14-periods is oscillating at 24.94 while volatility remained at 1.89% over the past week which changes to 2.10% when measuring it over the past month. Beta is valued at 1.17, while measure of average true range or ATR is currently at 0.72. In predicting price targets of as low as $25.00 and as high as $55.00, analysts are in agreement on assigning the stock over the next 12 months average price target of $34.93. Stock’s current price level is 13.61% above from estimated low price target while it is -90.05% below the estimated high; and even if the LUV’s share succeeded to reach the median price of $33.00, then the outlook of -14.03% could come to the excitement of the investors.

In comparing Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)’s stock with other industry players reveals that stock’s current price change of 0.52% and that of -22.81% over the past 12 months is in competing position with that of Delta Air Lines Inc. (DAL) which saw its stock price fall by -0.56% in the last trading and went through an increase of 23.91% in past 12-month trading. Industry’s another major player United Airlines Holdings Inc. (UAL) has fall -0.81% down in previous session, but over the past year has faced a rise of 20.19%, while American Airlines Group Inc. (AAL) was also down -0.38% however its price remained floating in the red at -3.07% over the same period. Southwest Airlines Co. has a P/E ratio of 33.50 against that of Delta Air Lines Inc.’s 8.45 while United Airlines Holdings Inc. is showing 5.69 for the same. On the other hand, the S&P 500 Index was up 0.84% in the last trading session while the Dow Jones Industrial closed the session higher at 0.96%.

Having a second look at Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE:LUV) provides that stock’s average daily trading volume for 3 months was 7.66 million, while it jumped to 6.61 million when we calculate an average volume for past 10 days. Number of outstanding shares of the stock stood at 595.00 million.

The percentage of outstanding shares held by the insiders is 0.10% while it is 76.10% for the institutional holders. The figures also indicate that as of Aug 30, 2023, number of stock’s short shares was 20.93 million which implies a short ratio of 3.27. This shows down a 3.51% of Short Interest in company’s outstanding shares on the day. In August the standing of shares short improved as it was 26.04 million in the previous month. Subtraction of -14.05% by stock’s current price to its year-to-date value in last trading session is likely to be increasing investors’ interest in the stock as it is hinting an extended uptrend.