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How to buy Southwest Airlines stock

Learn how to easily invest in Southwest Airlines stock.

Southwest Airlines Co is an airlines business based in the US. Southwest Airlines shares (LUV) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Southwest Airlines employs 53,984 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around 0.00.

How to buy shares in Southwest Airlines

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  4. Research the stock. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol – LUV – and research it before deciding if it's a good investment for you.
  5. Purchase now or later. Buy your desired number of shares with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until the stock reaches a desired price.
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Southwest Airlines stock price (NYSE: LUV)

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Southwest Airlines shares at a glance

Information last updated 2022-01-17.
Latest market close$43.37
52-week range$38.66 - $64.75
50-day moving average $44.85
200-day moving average $52.01
Wall St. target price$56.58
PE ratio 9728.237
Dividend yield $0 (0%)
Earnings per share (TTM) $-0.04

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Is it a good time to buy Southwest Airlines stock?

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Southwest Airlines price performance over time

Historical closes compared with the close of $43.37 from 2022-01-21

1 week (2022-01-14) -5.35%
1 month (2021-12-23) 3.58%
3 months (2021-10-22) -8.94%
6 months (2021-07-23) -14.46%
1 year (2021-01-22) -8.48%
2 years (2020-01-24) -23.31%
3 years (2019-01-24) 54.21
5 years (2017-01-24) 49.65

Is Southwest Airlines stock undervalued or overvalued?

Valuing Southwest Airlines stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Southwest Airlines's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Southwest Airlines's P/E ratio

Southwest Airlines's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 9728x. In other words, Southwest Airlines shares trade at around 9728x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Southwest Airlines's PEG ratio

Southwest Airlines's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 28.5732. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Southwest Airlines's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Southwest Airlines's EBITDA

Southwest Airlines's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is $229 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Southwest Airlines's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Southwest Airlines financials

Revenue TTM $12.8 billion
Gross profit TTM $-1,875,000,000
Return on assets TTM -4.41%
Return on equity TTM 2%
Profit margin 0.01%
Book value $17.32
Market capitalisation $27.1 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Southwest Airlines's environmental, social and governance track record

Environmental, social and governance (known as ESG) criteria are a set of three factors used to measure the sustainability and social impact of companies like Southwest Airlines.

When it comes to ESG scores, lower is better, and lower scores are generally associated with lower risk for would-be investors.

Southwest Airlines's total ESG risk score

Total ESG risk: 29.94

Socially conscious investors use ESG scores to screen how an investment aligns with their worldview, and Southwest Airlines's overall score of 29.94 (as at 12/31/2018) is pretty weak – landing it in it in the 61st percentile of companies rated in the same sector.

ESG scores are increasingly used to estimate the level of risk a company like Southwest Airlines is exposed to within the areas of "environmental" (carbon footprint, resource use etc.), "social" (health and safety, human rights etc.), and "governance" (anti-corruption, tax transparency etc.).

Southwest Airlines's environmental score

Environmental score: 8.72/100

Southwest Airlines's social score

Social score: 11.49/100

Southwest Airlines's governance score

Governance score: 4.73/100

Southwest Airlines's controversy score

Controversy score: 2/5

ESG scores also evaluate any incidences of controversy that a company has been involved in. Southwest Airlines scored a 2 out of 5 for controversy – the second-highest score possible, reflecting that Southwest Airlines has, for the most part, managed to keep its nose clean.

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) summary

Southwest Airlines Co was last rated for ESG on: 2019-01-01.

Total ESG score 29.94
Total ESG percentile 61.04
Environmental score 8.72
Social score 11.49
Governance score 4.73
Level of controversy 2

Southwest Airlines share dividends

We're not expecting Southwest Airlines to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Southwest Airlines's shares ever split?

Southwest Airlines's shares were split on a 3:2 basis on 15 February 2001. So if you had owned 2 shares the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 3 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Southwest Airlines shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 33.3% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Southwest Airlines shares which in turn could have impacted Southwest Airlines's share price.

Southwest Airlines share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Southwest Airlines's shares have ranged in value from as little as $38.66 up to $64.75. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

LUV.US volatility(beta: 1.1)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Southwest Airlines's is 1.0983. This would suggest that Southwest Airlines's shares are a little bit more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a slightly higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Southwest Airlines overview

Southwest Airlines Co. operates as a passenger airline company that provide scheduled air transportation services in the United States and near-international markets. As of December 31, 2020, the company operated a total fleet of 718 Boeing 737 aircrafts; and served 107 destinations in 40 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, as well as ten near-international countries, including Mexico, Jamaica, the Bahamas, Aruba, the Dominican Republic, Costa Rica, Belize, Cuba, the Cayman Islands, and Turks and Caicos. Its services also cover destinations in Hilo on Hawaii; Cozumel, Mexico; Steamboat Springs, Colorado; Miami, Florida; Palm Springs, California; and Montrose (Telluride and Crested Butte), Colorado. In addition, the company provides inflight entertainment and connectivity services on Wi-Fi enabled aircrafts; and Rapid Rewards loyalty program that enables program members to earn points for dollars spent on Southwest base fares. In addition, the company provides a suite of digital platforms to support customers' travel needs, including Southwest. com, mobile website, and apps; and SWABIZ, an online booking tool.

Frequently asked questions

What percentage of Southwest Airlines is owned by insiders or institutions?
Currently 0.316% of Southwest Airlines shares are held by insiders and 80.589% by institutions.
How many people work for Southwest Airlines?
Latest data suggests 53,984 work at Southwest Airlines.
When does the fiscal year end for Southwest Airlines?
Southwest Airlines's fiscal year ends in December.
Where is Southwest Airlines based?
Southwest Airlines's address is: PO Box 36611, Dallas, TX, United States, 75235-1611
What is Southwest Airlines's ISIN number?
Southwest Airlines's international securities identification number is: US8447411088
What is Southwest Airlines's CUSIP number?
Southwest Airlines's Committee on Uniform Securities Identification Procedures number is: 844741108

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