There is a slight risk associated with trading before and after the market open. Due to lower liquidity and higher volatility, extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads on particular security due to the release of critical financial information after regular trading hours. After-hours trades for Southwest Airlines Co (LUV) shows that investor sentiment remained same, with the stock’s consolidated last price to $23.56. The Southwest Airlines Co has recorded 69,562 volume in the after hours trading session. Most recently, Yahoo Finance reported about the stock as it publicized that SOUTHWEST AIRLINES SIGNS AGREEMENT WITH USA BIOENERGY TO PURCHASE UP TO 680 MILLION GALLONS OF SUSTAINABLE AVIATION FUEL.
This NYSE-listed company operates within the Airlines industry segment, falling under the Industrials sector. At the end of the last regular session, the stock closed at $23.56 and fluctuated between $23.69 as its day high and $23.25 as its day low. The current market capitalization of Southwest Airlines Co is $14.04B. A total of 4.87 million shares were traded on the day, compared to an average of 7.09M shares.
Insider trades can also provide insight into a stock’s future direction. During the recent three months, LUV has seen 0 BUY and 1 SELL insider trades, representing the acquisition of 0 and the disposition of 960 shares. Over the last 12 months, there were 20 BUYs and 14 SELLs from insiders. Insiders purchased 320,995 shares during that period but sold 77,449.
In the most recent transaction, Green Ryan C. sold 4,936 shares of LUV for 29.94 per share on May 02. After the transaction, the EVP, Chief Commercial Officer now owns 26,361 company shares. In a previous transaction on Nov 10, MONTFORD JOHN T sold 2,250 shares at 38.87 per share. LUV shares that Director owns now total 21,046.
The income generated by dividends is an indication that a company is improving its financial position, which is why investors prefer companies paying dividends. Southwest Airlines Co pays an annual dividend of $0.54, resulting in a dividend yield of 2.29%, and it has a price to earnings (P/E) ratio of 32.17. LUV’s most recent ex-dividend date was 9/5/2023 when it declared a $0.18 quarterly dividend that was paid in cash on 9/27/2023. Previously, the company paid the dividend on 7/12/2023 with an ex-dividend date of 6/20/2023. The LUV stock dividend was $0.18 per share in cash.
Even though price targets are rarely accurate, they do tend to exert some kind of influence from time to time and are often considered important by markets. According to analysts who have offered 12-month price targets for LUV in the last 3 months, the mean price target is $28.56 with high estimates of $47.00 and low estimates of $18.00. In terms of 52-week highs and lows, LUV has a high of $40.38 and a low of $21.91.
As of this writing, LUV has an earnings estimate of $0.38 per share for the current quarter. EPS was calculated based on a consensus of 16 estimates, with a high estimate of $0.47 per share and a lower estimate of $0.2. The company reported an EPS of -$0.27 in the last quarter, which was -17.40% lower than expectations of -$0.23.
Balance Sheet Annually/Quarterly
In a balance sheet, you can see what assets and liabilities the company has, as well as how much equity investors have invested. These figures can be used to calculate a company’s financial ratios to give investors a better idea of its prospects. LUV’s latest balance sheet shows that the firm has $15.50B in Cash & Short Term Investments as of fiscal 2021. There were $12.28B in debt and $9.16B in liabilities at the time. Its Book Value Per Share was $18.54, while its Total Shareholder’s Equity was $10.41B.
The risks associated with pre-market and after-hours trading may be slightly higher than the regular market hours. The reason is that extended-hours trading may result in wider spreads for particular security due to lower liquidity and higher volatility as issuers often announce critical financial information outside regular trading hours. Currently, 0 analysts are providing their opinions on the stock. On a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being Sell and 5 being Buy, the average analyst rating for LUV is Buy with a score of 3.50.