Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) Insider Trading Review


Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) has a 1 Year Target Estimate of $50.1. The stock traded with the volume of 6.64 Million in the last trading session. Southwest Airlines Company opened at $46.1 and closed by showing a decrease of -1.33%. The Bid price in the last session was $46.62 x 100 and the Ask price was $46.73 x 200. (The ask price is what sellers are willing to take for it. If you are selling a stock, you are going to get the bid price, if you are buying a stock you are going to get the ask price. The difference (or spread) goes to the broker/specialist that handles the transaction).

Southwest Airlines Company has the Market Capitalization of 28.69 Billion. The Stock has its 52-week High of $51.34 and 52-Week Low of $33.96 and it touched its 52-week high on Dec 7, 2015 and 52-Week Low on Feb 8, 2016.

Southwest Airlines Company reported its last Earnings on Oct 26 BMO where the company reported Actual EPS of $0.93/Share whereas, the Analyst Estimated EPS was $0.88/share. The difference between Actual EPS and Estimated EPS was $0.05/share. This represented an Earnings Surprise of 5.7%. The company will report its next earnings on 26-Jan-17.

Some analyst provided their insight on Growth Estimates; Southwest Airlines Company has the Current Quarter Earnings Growth rate of -26.7%. The Next Quarter growth is expected to be -21.6%. In the past 5 years, the stock has earnings growth rate of 67.56% per annum while the Upcoming 5 year’s earnings growth rate is expected to be 11.09% per annum.

15 number of analysts also provided their insight on Southwest Airlines Company, where the Average Price Target for the stock is $50.1. They also projected Low Price Target as $43 while High Price Target is set at $59.

A number of analysts rated the stock as well: 5 analysts believe that the stock is a STRONG BUY while 7 reported it as Buy.4 analysts assigned a HOLD rating, 0 said it’s UNDERPERFORM and 0 say that this stock is a SELL.

Southwest Airlines Company annual Divided is 0.4 while it’s Dividend Yield is 0.86%. The stock has its Price to Earnings (P/E) ratio of 13.25 and Forward Price to Earnings ratio of 12.8. The company has its Price to Sales (P/S) ratio of 1.41 where Price to Book (P/B) ratio of 3.58, Price to Cash Per share (P/C) of 8.33 and Price to Free Cash Flow (P/FCF) has a value of 20.26.

The company has its Return on Assets (ROA) of 10.1 Percent. Return on Equity (ROE) stands at 29.4% and Return on Investment (ROI) displays a value of 26.3%.

The stock is currently trading at Distance from 20-Day simple moving Average of 4.98% whereas, Distance from 50-Day Simple moving average is 12.27 Percent and Distance from 200-Day Simple Moving Average of 13.58 percent.

A look at performance overview of Southwest Airlines Company depicts that Performance (Week) is -1.04 percent while Performance Month is 16.38%. Quarterly performance shows a value of 26.38% and Half Year Performance value stands at 11.1%. Yearly performance of the stock has the value of -0.08 percent. Southwest Airlines Company has its YTD performance of 8.99 Percent. (YTD performance is the most important factor to consider; if YTD is negative, the stock is declining; if the YTD Performance value is Positive the stock is surging).

Insider Trades:

Many Insiders have done trades inside the company. The latest trade was made on 2 Aug 2016 where Director Cunningham (William H) did a transaction type “Buy” in which 2144 shares were traded at a price of $35.79. Another insider trade includes Chief Operating Officer Van de Ven (Michael G) who also initiated a transaction in which 1100 shares were traded on 2 Aug 2016 as “Buy”. On 2 Aug 2016 Chief Operating Officer Van de Ven (Michael G) traded 1800 shares as “Buy” at $35.77. Director Cunningham (William H) Buy 200 shares on 2 Aug 2016 at the price of $35.8.

Upgrades/Downgrades Report:

The latest Upgrades/Downgrades was done by Research firm Citigroup on 18-Nov-16 who Initiated the stock  to Buy. Other firms have also Upgraded/Downgraded the stock. On 27-Oct-16, JP Morgan took an action “Upgrade” from Neutral to Overweight. On 11-Oct-16, the stock was Initiated to Outperform by Bernstein.