Southwest Airlines (LUV) Given Coverage Optimism Score of 0.04

Media stories about Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) have trended somewhat positive recently, according to Accern. The research firm ranks the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Southwest Airlines earned a media sentiment score of 0.04 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the airline an impact score of 43.5940805763584 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

Southwest Airlines (NYSE LUV) traded down $0.01 on Friday, reaching $65.05. 4,984,746 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 4,300,000. The company has a current ratio of 0.61, a quick ratio of 0.55 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.46. The firm has a market capitalization of $38,600.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 18.64, a PEG ratio of 1.37 and a beta of 1.35. Southwest Airlines has a 12 month low of $48.71 and a 12 month high of $66.99.

Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) last posted its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The airline reported $0.88 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.87 by $0.01. The company had revenue of $5.27 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.29 billion. Southwest Airlines had a net margin of 10.12% and a return on equity of 24.85%. The business’s revenue for the quarter was up 2.6% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period last year, the business posted $0.93 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Southwest Airlines will post 3.5 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, January 4th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, December 7th were issued a $0.125 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Wednesday, December 6th. This represents a $0.50 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.77%. Southwest Airlines’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 14.33%.

A number of equities analysts have issued reports on LUV shares. Deutsche Bank reaffirmed a “buy” rating and issued a $71.00 price objective on shares of Southwest Airlines in a research note on Friday, October 27th. Vetr cut shares of Southwest Airlines from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating and set a $54.06 price objective on the stock. in a research note on Tuesday, December 5th. JPMorgan Chase & Co. raised their price objective on shares of Southwest Airlines from $66.00 to $67.00 and gave the company an “overweight” rating in a research note on Wednesday, November 1st. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Southwest Airlines from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research note on Monday, October 30th. Finally, Macquarie started coverage on shares of Southwest Airlines in a research note on Monday, September 25th. They issued an “outperform” rating and a $62.00 price objective on the stock. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, six have assigned a hold rating and thirteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Southwest Airlines presently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $67.93.

In other Southwest Airlines news, Director John T. Montford sold 1,695 shares of the stock in a transaction on Wednesday, December 13th. The shares were sold at an average price of $63.27, for a total value of $107,242.65. Following the sale, the director now directly owns 23,098 shares in the company, valued at $1,461,410.46. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is available at the SEC website. Also, EVP Robert E. Jordan sold 32,931 shares of the stock in a transaction on Thursday, December 14th. The stock was sold at an average price of $64.38, for a total transaction of $2,120,097.78. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now owns 76,993 shares in the company, valued at $4,956,809.34. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last quarter, insiders sold 35,561 shares of company stock worth $2,277,774. Company insiders own 0.21% of the company’s stock.

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Southwest Airlines Company Profile

Southwest Airlines Co (Southwest) operates Southwest Airlines, a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States and near-international markets. The Company provides point-to-point service. The Company offers ancillary service offerings, such as Southwest’s EarlyBird Check-In and transportation of pets and unaccompanied minors, in accordance with Southwest’s respective policies.

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