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Why Southwest Airlines Co (LUV) Stock Could See Much Higher Prices Ahead

Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE: LUV) is 1.04% higher on its value in year-to-date trading and has touched a low of $21.91 and a high of $39.53 in the current 52-week trading range. The question becomes, what are the chances the stock will continue to grow shareholders’ wealth in the market. Here’s what analysts think will happen to its price in the coming time. The LUV stock was last observed hovering at around $29.19 in the last trading session, with the day’s loss setting it -0.01%.

Currently trading at $29.18, the stock is -4.48% and -7.19% below its SMA20 and SMA50 respectively. However, with a daily trading volume of 7.03 million and changing -0.03% at the moment leaves the stock -3.22% off its SMA200. LUV registered -7.19% loss for a year compared to 6-month gain of 7.20%. The firm has a 50-day simple moving average (SMA 50) of $0.58 and a 200-day simple moving average (SMA200) of $6.33.

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The stock witnessed a -14.85% loss in the last 1 month and extending the period to 3 months gives it a -0.68%, and is 2.57% up over the last 5 days. If we measure the stock’s price variations over the week and the month, we find that the volatility rates stand at 1.66% over the week and 2.25% over the month.

Southwest Airlines Co (LUV) has around 74806 employees, a market worth around $17.41B and $26.09B in sales. Current P/E ratio is 39.68 and Fwd P/E is 12.41. Profit margin for the company is 1.91%. Distance from 52-week low is 33.16% and -26.18% from its 52-week high. The company has generated returns on investments over the last 12 months (2.56%).

Southwest Airlines Co quarterly earnings per share for the current quarter are estimated at -$0.31 with sales reaching $6.44B over the same period.The EPS is expected to grow by 2.95% this year, but quarterly earnings will post 8.70% year-over-year. Quarterly sales are estimated to grow 12.50% in year-over-year returns.

Southwest Airlines Co (LUV) Top Institutional Holders

1,078 institutions hold shares in Southwest Airlines Co (LUV), with institutional investors hold 82.33% of the company’s shares. The shares outstanding are 596.51M, and float is at 593.72M with Short Float at 2.98%. Institutions hold 81.99% of the Float.

The top institutional shareholder in the company is Vanguard Group Inc with over 65.99 million shares valued at $2.39 billion. The investor’s holdings represent 11.08% of the LUV Shares outstanding. As of Jun 29, 2023, the second largest holder is Primecap Management Company with 50.05 million shares valued at $1.81 billion to account for 8.40% of the shares outstanding. The other top investors are State Street Corporation which holds 40.11 million shares representing 6.73% and valued at over $1.45 billion, while Blackrock Inc. holds 5.57% of the shares totaling 33.15 million with a market value of $1.2 billion.

Southwest Airlines Co (LUV) Insider Activity

The most recent transaction is an insider sale by Green Ryan C.,the company’sEVP, Chief Commercial Officer. SEC filings show that Green Ryan C. sold 4,936 shares of the company’s common stock on May 02 ’23 at a price of $29.94 per share for a total of $0.15 million. Following the sale, the insider now owns 26361.0 shares.

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