Seeking Alpha
 

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)

- NYSE
  • Sep. 19, 2012, 1:57 PM
    The rapid-fire drop in oil futures has the shares of airline companies racing higher on margins optimism with a fresh round of fare increases sitting securely in their back pocket. As is often the case with fare hikes, Southwest Airlines stuck its toe in the water before the rest of the sector jumped in. Advancers: UAL +8.6%, LUV +1.9%, JBLU +4.2%, HA +3.3%, SAVE +6.5%, ALGT +3.5%, DAL +4.7%.
    | 1 Comment
  • Sep. 13, 2012, 12:59 PM
    Airline carriers raised fares this week after perpetual leadoff hitter Southwest Airlines (LUV -1%) initiated a $10 hike per round trip. Analysts say this price increase could stick with consumer spending picking up in the U.S.
    | 4 Comments
  • Sep. 7, 2012, 8:53 AM
    Southwest Airlines (LUV) reports air traffic for August with the carrier improving its load factor on flat revenue passenger miles. Key metric, passenger revenue per ASM, is estimated to have improved by 2%-3% during the month. Shares of LUV +1.6% premarket.
    | Comment!
  • Sep. 4, 2012, 10:01 AM
    Airline stocks open weak with a new report from an industry group highlighting that profit margins on major carriers fell to -1.5% for the first half of the year, compared to -0.4% a year ago. The problem in a nutshell is that expenses in the sector keep outrunning modest revenue gains. Decliners: LCC -3.2%, UAL -1.8%, DAL -1.7%, LUV -1.5%.
    | Comment!
  • Aug. 30, 2012, 8:19 AM
    Southwest Airlines (LUV) announces that CFO Laura Wright has retired. The company says insider Tammy Romo will replace the exec on Sept. 20.
    | Comment!
  • Aug. 27, 2012, 2:41 PM
    Airline shares are down marginally today, girding themselves for air travel disruptions as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches New Orleans. United (UAL -0.2%) and Southwest LUV -1.2% have already announced plans to cancel flights out of New Orleans on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cancellations will reportedly take effect starting at midnight. DAL DAL -0.3%, AAMRQ.PK -3.2%
    | Comment!
  • Aug. 27, 2012, 8:42 AM
    Besides disrupting oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, Tropical Storm Isaac also starts to wreak havoc with airline flights. According to flight tracker Flight Aware, over 1K flights have been cancelled over the last two days. The longer the storm meanders in the Gulf, the bigger the hit carriers will take for the quarter as their refund policies broaden beyond the coverage of insurance.
    | Comment!
  • Aug. 20, 2012, 1:05 PM
    Southwest Airlines (LUV +3.5%) raises its air fares on shorter flights, prompting a flurry of corresponding ticket price hikes by legacy carriers such as American Airlines (AAMRQ.PK), United Continental (LCC +5.4%), and US Airways (LCC +4.9%). Last week a hike by Delta (DAL +2.9%) didn't take hold across the sector, which is nothing new with low-cost carriers such as Southwest, JetBlue (JBLU +3.4%), Spirit (SAVE +1.5%), and Allegiant (ALGT +1.6%) typically acting as the trendsetters for the group.
    | 2 Comments
  • Aug. 20, 2012, 10:22 AM
    Airline stocks take a turn higher, with gains of large carriers outpacing those seen by regionals. Consolidation, narrower debt loads, and emerging labor cost controls are the factors that could set up a sector rally if everything takes off on time, according to analysts. Advancers: JBLU +1.6%, UAL +3.5%, LUV +1.9%, DAL +2.5%, LCC +3.4%.
    | 3 Comments
  • Aug. 14, 2012, 6:52 AM
    Bank of America downgrades Southwest Airlines (LUV) to Underperform on concerns over weak domestic travel and higher fuel costs. The economic slowdown has slowed business travel to the point that a key sector metric - passenger revenue per available seat mile - could show negative year-over-year growth for the first time since 2009 in September.
    | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 6, 2012, 9:17 AM
    A Facebook promotion goes awry for Southwest Airlines (LUV) after its online reservations systems went haywire for a bit and hit customers trying to buy tickets with multiple bookings and charges. The carrier was trying to celebrate the milestone of hitting 3M Facebook fans with 50% fare discounts before the malfunction.
    | 1 Comment
  • Aug. 3, 2012, 7:45 AM
    United Continental (UAL) initiates its second fare hike in less than a month, sparking another round of hikes from rivals as analysts question the tolerance of strapped consumers for higher ticket prices. Launching higher fares: DAL, LCC, AAMRQ.PK. Holding pat: LUV
    | 1 Comment
  • Jul. 26, 2012, 2:38 PM
    Southwest Airlines (LUV) declares $0.01/share quarterly dividend, in line with previous. Forward yield 0.46%. For shareholders of record Aug 16. Payable Sep 06. Ex-div date Aug 14. Shares (PR)
    | Comment!
  • Jul. 24, 2012, 12:03 PM
    An appeals court upholds the authority of regulators to force new airline ticketing rules. One is that carriers will have to prominently display the total price of a ticket in print ads, including taxes. The decision is a defeat for Allegiant (ALGT -2.2%), Southwest (LUV -2.1%) and Spirit (SAVE -1.9%). Many other airline stocks are down as well, with UAL -6.4%.
    | 3 Comments
  • Jul. 19, 2012, 9:10 AM
    Premarket gainers: MLNX +42%. SCSS +21%. GGC +16%. NOK +13%. WAG +11%. SWKS +10%. TXT +9%. EDU +8%. EBAY +8%. ALU +7%. QCOM +6%. PPG +5%. LUV +5%.
    Losers: ANTH -15%. DCIX -15%. JCI -8%. CVS -6%.
    | Comment!
  • Jul. 19, 2012, 7:16 AM
    More on Southwest Airlines (LUV): Record revenues boosted by synergies being realized from Airtran integration, with passenger and freight revenue both posting double-digit gains. Fuel and oil expenses up 3.3% Y/Y to $1.577B. (PR)
    | Comment!
Visit Seeking Alpha's
LUV vs. ETF Alternatives
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