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Is Southwest Airlines Co.(NYSE: LUV), a large market cap stock a smart buy?

With a market cap of has a large market cap size. Southwest Airlines Co. (NYSE: LUV) has been on the stock market since its IPO date on the 1/2/1980. Southwest Airlines Co. is in the Regional Airlines industry and Services sector. Average volume for Southwest Airlines Co., is 7207.3, and so far today it has a volume of 4198663. Performance year to date since the 1/2/1980 is -13.69%.

To help you determine whether Southwest Airlines Co. is undervalued the following values will help you decide. P/E is 9.79 and forward P/E is 9.41. PEG perhaps more useful shows that Southwest Airlines Co. has a value for PEG of 0.7. P/S ratio is 1.17 and the P/B ratio is 2.99. The P/Cash and P/Free cash flow is 7.01 and 14.57 respectively.

At the current price Southwest Airlines Co. is trading at, 36.81 (-0.53% today), Southwest Airlines Co. has a dividend yield of 1.08%, and this is covered by a payout ratio of 8.50%. Earnings per share (EPS) is 3.78, and this is looking to grow in the next year to 2.26% after growing 99.60% this past year. EPS growth quarter over quarter is 42.00%, and 5.30% for sales growth quarter over quarter.

The number of shares outstanding is 646.63, and the number of shares float is 637.69. The senior management bring insider ownership to 0.20%, and institutional ownership is at 80.10%. The float short is 1.77%, with the short ratio at a value of 1.56. Management has seen a return on assets of 11.30%, and also a return on investment of 26.30%.

The ability for Southwest Airlines Co., to deal with debt, means it current ratio is 0.6, and quick ratio is 0.5. Long term debt/equity is 0.32 and total debt/equity is 0.45. In terms of margins, Southwest Airlines Co. has a gross margin of 76.00%, with its operating margin at 21.80%, and Southwest Airlines Co. has a profit margin of 12.00%.

The 52 week high is -27.88%, with 12.40% being its 52 week low. The 20 day simple moving average is -9.50% and the 200 day simple moving average is -13.15%.

Disclaimer: Remember there is a risk to your investment, this is not a recommendation, nor personal advice, never invest more than you are able too loose.


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