Southwest Airlines Co.
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  • Dec. 2, 2015, 12:17 PM
    • Transportation stocks are lower on the day on some broad macroeconomic concerns. Some BAML downgrades in the sector are also weighing on sentiment.
    • Trading is notably weak in CXS Corp (CSX -2.3%), American Railcar Industries (ARII -2.6%), Kansas City Southern (KSU -1.9%), YRC Worldwide (YRCW -5.7%), Heartland Express (HTLD -3.7%), Swift Transportation (SWFT -3%), FedEx (FDX -0.9%), UPS (UPS -0.5%), Air Transport Services (ATSG -1.7%), and Matson (MATX -2.5%).
    • A notable exception to the sector slide is airline stocks which are showing strength after Delta Air Lines (DAL +2.7%) reported some eye-opening capacity constraint. The major carrier increased passenger revenue per available seat mile sand load factor during November. A 3% decline in crude oil prices is also factoring in to the rally in airline stocks.
    • United Continental (UAL +3.2%), Hawaiian Holdings (HA +2.9%), Southwest Airlines (LUV +2.3%), and Republic Airways Holdings (RJET +4.4%) are all solidly higher.
    • The Dow Jones Transportation Average is down 0.8% off the conflicting forces of gravity.
    • Related ETFs: IYT, XTN, JETS.
    | Dec. 2, 2015, 12:17 PM | 5 Comments
  • Nov. 24, 2015, 1:49 PM
    • A global travel warning issued by the U.S. Department is impacting several sectors. Hotel stocks are notably weaker, while amusement park stocks are also trailing broad market averages. Airlines are feeling a double whammy from travel demand concerns and a 3% rise in crude oil futures.
    • In some cases the sell-off appears to be an overreaction with little evidence in that travel habits will change dramatically, according to some analysts.
    • Decliners include Hyatt Hotels (H -1.5%), Hilton Worldwide (HLT -1.1%), Marriott International (MAR -1.8%), JetBlue (JBLU -1.7%), Delta Air Lines (DAL -3.3%), American Airlines Group (AAL -2.4%), United Continental (UAL -3.2%), Allegiant Travel (ALGT -5.3%), Spirit Airlines (SAVE -4.1%), Southwest Airlines (LUV -2.7%), Six Flags (SIX -1.0%), Cedar Fair (FUN -1.0%), Disney (DIS -0.9%), and Sabre (SABR -3.9%), Virgin Amerinca (VA -2.5%), Alaska Air Group (ALK -1.5%).
    • Previously: PCLN, EXPE, TRIP sell off after State Department issues travel warning (Nov. 24)
    | Nov. 24, 2015, 1:49 PM | 16 Comments
  • Nov. 24, 2015, 2:39 AM
    | Nov. 24, 2015, 2:39 AM | 11 Comments
  • Nov. 20, 2015, 3:18 PM
    • Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) declares $0.075/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous.
    • Forward yield 0.64%
    • Payable Jan. 7; for shareholders of record Dec. 10; ex-div Dec. 8.
    | Nov. 20, 2015, 3:18 PM
  • Nov. 17, 2015, 9:06 AM
    • Airline fares increased 1.5% M/M in October to break a streak of monthly declines, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
    • The average fare was still 5.2% lower than the level from a year ago on an unadjusted basis.
    • The slight increase in fares is a positive development for the sector after Q3 earnings were pinched on highly competitive pricing in key markets.
    • Related stocks: LUV, UAL, DAL, AAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET, VA, SKYW.
    • Related ETF: JETS.
    • BLS CPI data
    | Nov. 17, 2015, 9:06 AM | 6 Comments
  • Nov. 16, 2015, 7:24 AM
    | Nov. 16, 2015, 7:24 AM
  • Nov. 6, 2015, 7:12 AM
    • Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) reports revenue passenger miles increased 10.8% to 10.0B.
    • Capacity was 7.2% higher at 11.6B available seat miles on a 1.4% increase in trips flown. The average haul length was up 0.7% to 975 miles.
    • October load factor +280 bps to 85.9%.
    • YTD load factor +100 bps to 83.7%.
    | Nov. 6, 2015, 7:12 AM | 2 Comments
  • Nov. 5, 2015, 2:35 PM
    | Nov. 5, 2015, 2:35 PM | 5 Comments
  • Nov. 4, 2015, 5:46 PM
    • Pilots at Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) have easily rejected a tentative contract with the carrier that would have raised their wages by 17%, LUV's pilots union says.
    • LUV says it will continue working until it has a contract that meets the needs of the pilots and the company, and that it expects mediated discussions to resume next spring under the guidance of the National Mediation Board.
    • The vote comes three months after LUV's flight attendants voted down a new contract.
    | Nov. 4, 2015, 5:46 PM | 11 Comments
  • Oct. 22, 2015, 9:04 AM
    • Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) is higher after the company reported Q3 profit improved 78% from a year ago.
    • Revenue passenger miles were up 7.6% to 30.559B, while capacity increased at the same rate to 36.36B available seat miles.
    • Southwest's load factor was up 10 bps to 85.4%.
    • Costs per available seat mile fell 9.1% to $0.1126 with lower fuel expenses a major factor.
    • The company ended the quarter with 692 aircraft in operation, compared to 685 a year ago.
    • Previously: Southwest Airlines beats by $0.02, beats on revenue (Oct. 22 2015)
    • LUV +3.24% premarket to $42.35.
    | Oct. 22, 2015, 9:04 AM
  • Oct. 22, 2015, 6:36 AM
    • Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV): Q3 EPS of $0.94 beats by $0.02.
    • Revenue of $5.32B (+10.8% Y/Y) beats by $210M.
    | Oct. 22, 2015, 6:36 AM | 5 Comments
  • Oct. 21, 2015, 5:30 PM
    | Oct. 21, 2015, 5:30 PM | 25 Comments
  • Oct. 12, 2015, 8:30 AM
    • Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) suffered a major computer system glitch yesterday that delayed over 700 flights and led to massive lines at some airports. Flight tracker Flightaware.com reports 20% of all Southwest flights ended up being delayed.
    • The computer systems failure forced agents to manually check in passengers flying with bags and led to a bashing on social media networks of the carrier's responsiveness.
    • The airline has warned that the issue may carry over to today as the technical issue hasn't been fully resolved.
    | Oct. 12, 2015, 8:30 AM | 3 Comments
  • Oct. 9, 2015, 10:29 AM
    • Airline stocks are showing some strength in early trading as investors shrug off another uptick in oil prices.
    • Solid traffic reports from United Continental and American Airlines Group are turning attention back to the robust profits being churned up in the sector.
    • United raised its Q3 profit forecast, while American saw a big jump in its load factor for September in a positive sign and gave its own favorable estimate on margins.
    • Gainers: United Continental (UAL +7.1%), American Airlines Group (AAL +4.4%), Delta Air Lines (DAL +2.5%), Hawaiian Holdings (HA +3.9%), Southwest Airlines (LUV +2.6%), Spirit Airlines (SAVE +4.7%), Virgin America (VA +3%), Allegiant Travel (ALGT +3.1%), Alaska Air Group (ALK +1.8%), JetBlue (JBLU +4.9%).
    • Related ETF: JETS.
    | Oct. 9, 2015, 10:29 AM | 6 Comments
  • Oct. 8, 2015, 11:31 AM
    • Credit Suisse is prepping for the airlines earnings season.
    • The investment firm recommends holding Southwest Airlines (LUV -0.5%), Delta Air Lines (DAL -0.7%), and United Continental (UAL -0.5%) ahead of their Q3 prints.
    • A neutral stance is taken by CS on American Airlines Group (AAL -0.2%) and Spirit Airlines (SAVE -0.2%).
    • What to watch: Q3 reports are expected to mark a bottom in unit revenue as booking catch up to capacity increases and costs decline. Many of the comparables for companies will become easier heading into Q4. Also of importance, earnings calls should help clear up some visibility on carriers' 2016 plans.
    | Oct. 8, 2015, 11:31 AM | 9 Comments
  • Oct. 8, 2015, 8:12 AM
    • Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) says revenue passenger miles increased 11.4% to 9.2B in September.
    • Capacity rose 8.4% to 11.1B available seat miles in the month. Southwest flew 2% more flights and saw a 2.1% gain in average length from a year ago.
    • September load factor +220 bps to 82.7%, a record for the month.
    • Q3 load factor +100 bps to 85.4%.
    • YTD load factor +90 bps to 83.5%.
    | Oct. 8, 2015, 8:12 AM | 4 Comments
Company Description
Southwest Airlines Co is an operator of passenger airline that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States and international markets.
Sector: Services
Country: United States