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Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)

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  • Thu, Jan. 15, 2:55 PM
    • Southwest Airlines (LUV -0.8%) was hit with the largest fine ever doled out by the DOT for a tarmac delay last January.
    • Passengers were stuck on Southwest airplanes for much longer than the allowed 3-hour tarmac limit.
    • The fine amount was $1.6M.
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  • Tue, Jan. 13, 7:58 AM
    • Cowen Research's Helane Becker takes a positive view on pricing in the airline sector for 2015 on her view domestic demand will stay strong enough to keep the pressure off of airlines to drop fares.
    • A gauge of recent comments by airline execs seems to indicate the analyst is correct and airfares will be held largely level - despite the sharp drop in oil prices.
    • Delta Air Lines CEO: "It’s wonderful that fuel has run down–we love it. There’s a $2 billion opportunity out there if we hold fare levels constant."
    • American Airlines Group CEO: "...we don’t have plans to go off and just proactively cut fares."
    • Southwest Airlines CEO: "What I would not want to do to customers is take them through the same volatile ride with fares [as 2008], lowered in one day, raised in the next day."
    • U.S. carriers: LUV, UAL, DAL, AAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET, VA.
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  • Mon, Jan. 12, 9:15 AM
    • Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) reports passenger revenue miles increased 2.8% to 9.0B in December.
    • The pace was a shade below the 2.9% increase in capacity during the month.
    • Load factor -10 bps to 82.7%.
    • LUV -0.8% premarket.
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  • Wed, Jan. 7, 2:25 PM
    • Despite the brisk rally in airline stocks, Credit Suisse thinks there is plenty of upside still left.
    • "The market has been hesitant to fully price in benefits from the rapid fuel decline and consensus has yet to fully adjust for lower fuel," reads the optimistic CS note.
    • Analysts with the firm tap United Continental (NYSE:UAL) as their top sector pick.
    • Airline stocks: LUV, DAL, AAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET, VA.
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  • Dec. 31, 2014, 10:07 AM
    • Airline stocks are in rally mode again off of momentum driven by the latest slide in oil prices.
    • Southwest Airlines (LUV +2.2%) is poised to end the year as the top performing stock of the S&P 500 Index with a +125% rip.
    • Though jet fuel hedging strategies vary widely throughout the sector, a prolonged period of lower oil prices will allow all carriers to realize a benefit.
    • Gainers: Republic Airways (NASDAQ:RJET) +4.4%, United Continental (NYSE:UAL) +2.4%, Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA) +1.9%, JetBlue (NASDAQ:JBLU) +1.8%, Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) +1.7%, Allegiant Travel (NASDAQ:ALGT) +1.6%, Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) +1.6%, SkyWest (NASDAQ:SKYW) +1.4%.
    • Previous: Hedging strategies by airline
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  • Dec. 30, 2014, 12:53 PM
    • AirTran Airways flew its last flight earlier this week as Southwest Airlines (LUV +1%) completed the integration of the airline purchased in 2011.
    • The carrier has used old AirTran routes as a launching pad for Southwest to grow into international territories.
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  • Dec. 23, 2014, 10:06 AM
    • The type of hedging strategies used by airliners will play a big part in profitability in the sector after the sharp drop in jet fuel prices.
    • Delta Airlines (NYSE:DAL) estimates it keeps about 65% of the drop in fuel costs, but will owe $800M to counterparties (the other side of the hedge) if oil is 20% lower on December 31, 2015 from where it stood on October 1, 2014. By Delta's estimation, a penny drop in oil prices is a net $40M to the good side.
    • Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) forecasts it will reap $0.80 for every $1 drop in oil prices, but disclosed a $615M liability to creditors if crude oil prices stay below 25% from the level of September 30.
    • American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) will realize the full impact from the drop in fuel costs on its bottom line due to the decision by the company not to hedge at all.
    • Other airliners could also have some hedging exposure, although details are light on the strategies employed in the sector.
    • What to watch: Q1 reports and conference calls in the sector could be key in filling in some of the blanks.
    • Related stocks: UAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET, VA.
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  • Dec. 23, 2014, 8:26 AM
    • U.S. airliners as a group showed a 2.6% gain to 16.40 (cents) in fares earned per revenue passenger mile in November, according to data from Airlines for America.
    • A 4.0% Y/Y increase for the metric on domestic routes offset a 1.4% decline in international flights.
    • The YTD mark is up 2.3% to 16.53.
    • Related stocks: ALK, AAL, DAL, JBLU, LUV, UAL.
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  • Dec. 15, 2014, 3:14 PM
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  • Dec. 10, 2014, 9:49 AM
    • Airline stocks rip a fresh set of gains after oil prices weaken again and the IATA issues a rosy forecast on 2015 profit for the sector.
    • There has also been a wave of analyst upgrades on airliners which has boosted sentiment.
    • Leading gainers: Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) +3.1%, United Continental (NYSE:UAL) +3.1%, Spirit Airlines (NASDAQ:SAVE) +2.7%, American Airlines Group (NASDAQ:AAL) +2.6%, China Eastern Air (NYSE:CEA) +2.4%, Republic Airways (NASDAQ:RJET) +2.4%, Virgin America (NASDAQ:VA) +2.0%, China Southern Airlines (NYSE:ZNH) +1.9%.
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  • Dec. 10, 2014, 8:36 AM
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  • Dec. 8, 2014, 9:07 AM
    • Southwest Airlines (NYSE:LUV) reports revenue passenger miles rose 6% to 8.6B in November.
    • The company's load factor improved 150 bps to 80.1% with capacity up 4%.
    • Southwest forecasts PRASM will be up 1%-2% for Q4.
    • LUV +0.6% premarket with a Goldman Sachs upgrade also factoring in.
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  • Dec. 8, 2014, 7:51 AM
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  • Dec. 8, 2014, 7:32 AM
    • Airline stocks are poised for gains as oil prices slip further.
    • So far, airfares have held steady despite the lower fuel expenses for companies light on hedges.
    • For a closer look at the jet fuel market, Platts has the breakdown.
    • U.S. carriers: LUV, UAL, DAL, AAL, JBLU, ALK, HA, SAVE, ALGT, RJET, VA.
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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