Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) has grabbed attention from the analysts, when it saw a value increase of 1.03% or 0.61 points in the last trading session to close at $60.09. A total of 4.09 Million shares exchanged hands during the intra-day trade compared with its average trading volume of 4.98 Million shares, while its relative volume stands at 0.82. Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) has a market cap of $36.48 Billion and the number of outstanding shares have been calculated 607.16 Million.
Shares of Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) currently have an Average Brokerage Recommendation of 1.83, number of Recs in ABR is 15. Out of the analyst recommendations 8 rate Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) stock a Buy, 4 rate the stock Outperform, 5 rate Hold, 0 rate Underperform and 0 recommend a Sell.
Taking a glance at where the stock might be directed in the future, on a consensus basis, the sell-side has a 52 week price target of $65.13 on the stock, this valuation is based on 15 number of opinions. The most optimistic analyst sees the stock reaching $80 while the most conventional has $59 target price.
In order to check on the sell-side rational, we can also take a peek at some technical indicators. Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)’s price sits 7.19% above from its 50-day moving average of $57.34 and 23.51% far from the stock’s 200-day moving average which is $53.4. Stock’s twelve month price oscillated between $61.19 and $35.42. The stock hit its twelve month high on 05/25/17, and twelve month low on 08/02/16. The Average True Range, a measure of volatility is at 1.1, however its weekly and monthly volatility is 1.65%, 1.78% respectively. The company’s Relative Strength Index which shows price strength currently stands at 62.02.
Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) as of recent trade, has shown weekly upbeat performance of 0.75% which was maintained at 6.77% in 1-month period. During the past three months the stock gain 2.06%, bringing six months performance to 26.45%. Yearly performance of the stock shows a bullish trend of 41.45% while year-to-date (YTD) performance reflected 20.57% positive outlook.
While taking a glance at financials, we can look at a number of Key Indicators. Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) has trailing twelve month Return on Assets of 9%, which is key indicator of how profitable a company is relative to its total assets. The company currently has a Return on Equity of 25.6% and a Return on Investment of 20.6%. ROI is a performance measure used to evaluate the efficiency of an investment or to compare the efficiency of a number of different investments.
While having a peek at profitability ratios Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) has trailing twelve month gross margin at 68.7%, its trailing twelve month operating margin stands at 17% whereas its trailing twelve month net profit margin spots at 10.2%.
However looking at valuation ratios the stock has 5 year expected PEG ratio of 1.58 whereas its trailing twelve month P/E ratio is 18.08. The company’s forward price to earnings ratio for next fiscal year is 12.76. Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV)’s price to free cash flow for trailing twelve months is 19.28. Its beta value stands at 1.27.
The company’s quick ratio for most recent quarter is 0.6 along with current ratio for most recent quarter of 0.6. Total debt to equity ratio of the company for most recent quarter is 0.39 whereas long term debt to equity ratio for most recent quarter is 0.35.
Having a peek at growth estimates of the company, Southwest Airlines Company (NYSE:LUV) has current quarter growth estimates of -0.8% however it has 15.1% estimations over growth for the next quarter. During current year the company’s forecasts over growth are 1.9% while for the next year analysts’ growth estimation is 23.6%. Past 5 years growth of the company observed at 54.95%, and for the next five years the analysts that follow the company are expecting its growth at 11.47%.