News coverage about Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) has trended positive this week, InfoTrie reports. The research firm rates the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than 6,000 news and blog sources. The firm ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -5 to 5, with scores nearest to five being the most favorable. Southwest Airlines earned a media sentiment score of 2.43 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave news stories about the airline an news buzz score of 10 out of 10, indicating that recent news coverage is extremely likely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the near future.
Here are some of the media stories that may have impacted Southwest Airlines’ analysis:
- Southwest Airlines (LUV) PT Raised to $62.00 at Imperial Capital (americanbankingnews.com)
- Southwest-Delta lawsuit takes turn (bizjournals.com)
- Wall Street Expects Double-Digit Price Surge in AAL Stock (finance.yahoo.com)
- Nonprofit Organizations Benefit Thanks To Southwest Airlines’ 33rd Annual LUV Classic Golf Tournament (finance.yahoo.com)
- Delta revamps menu: 'Pre-select' meals to expand, drink prices bumped (finance.yahoo.com)
Shares of NYSE LUV opened at $52.80 on Wednesday. The stock has a market cap of $30.71 billion, a P/E ratio of 15.09, a P/E/G ratio of 1.19 and a beta of 1.22. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.47, a quick ratio of 0.65 and a current ratio of 0.71. Southwest Airlines has a 12-month low of $47.10 and a 12-month high of $66.99.
The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Wednesday, January 2nd. Investors of record on Wednesday, December 5th will be given a dividend of $0.16 per share. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Tuesday, December 4th. This represents a $0.64 annualized dividend and a yield of 1.21%. Southwest Airlines’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is 18.29%.
A number of research firms have issued reports on LUV. Imperial Capital lifted their target price on shares of Southwest Airlines from $56.00 to $62.00 and gave the company an “inline” rating in a research note on Tuesday. Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Southwest Airlines from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research report on Thursday, October 11th. Citigroup boosted their target price on shares of Southwest Airlines from $59.00 to $62.00 and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 29th. Morgan Stanley lowered their price target on shares of Southwest Airlines from $68.00 to $64.00 and set an “overweight” rating on the stock in a report on Wednesday, November 14th. Finally, Susquehanna Bancshares began coverage on shares of Southwest Airlines in a report on Wednesday, November 28th. They issued a “neutral” rating and a $56.00 price target on the stock. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, seven have given a hold rating and fifteen have assigned a buy rating to the stock. Southwest Airlines has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $65.38.
In related news, Director John T. Montford sold 956 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 19th. The shares were sold at an average price of $52.35, for a total transaction of $50,046.60. The sale was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through the SEC website. 0.23% of the stock is owned by corporate insiders.
Southwest Airlines Company Profile
Southwest Airlines Co operates a passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation services in the United States and near-international markets. As of December 31, 2017, the company operated a total of 706 Boeing 737 aircraft; and served 100 destinations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as 10 near-international countries, including Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Belize, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos.
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