LUV : Analysis & Opinions

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  1. What's Behind Southwest's Hefty Dividend Raise?

    May 20, 2016
    Buoyed by very favorable trends in its industry -- mainly, cheaper fuel prices -- that have improved its fundamentals, Southwest ...
  2. Delta Air Lines Plans a 50% Dividend Hike in Q3

    May 17, 2016
    Delta Air Lines stockholders will soon get more change in their pockets if the carrier's latest capital allocation plans ...
  3. 5 Reasons Airline ETFs Are Doing Well Despite Oil Bounce (JETS, ...

    May 7, 2016
    Learn why airline stocks and exchange-traded funds are increasing their profits consistently as oil prices are also on the ...
  4. 3 Dividend Trends in the S&P 500 Index (TSN, LUV)

    May 4, 2016
    Analyzing recent financial performance of companies demonstrating an inclination to issue consistent dividends to shareholders ...
  5. 3 Thoughts from Deutsche Bank on U.S. Airline Stocks (DB, DAL)

    April 23, 2016
    Explore the near- and long-term outlooks for the airline industry, and discover why Deutsche Bank analyst Michael Linenburg ...
  6. Southwest Airlines Gets Some Love (LUV)

    April 18, 2016
    Southwest remains one of the more consistent operators within the airline sector thanks to its focus on detail and continued ...
  7. Southwest Airlines Has Quietly Raised a Key Fee

    April 13, 2016
    Unlike most major airlines, Southwest (NYSE: LUV) has very few mandatory fees. Generally, the price it lists for a ticket ...
  8. Rallying Stocks About to Hit a Wall (HLT, LUV)

    April 4, 2016
    These stocks have rallied over the last couple months, but they will be hard-pressed to keep rising. Here's why.
  9. Virgin America Considers Sale of Company

    March 24, 2016
    Is the U.S. airline industry ready for more consolidation? A report published Thursday by Bloomberg revealed that Virgin ...
  10. Markets in the Red After Brussels Attacks (AAL, LUV)

    March 22, 2016
    Markets trended lower on reverberations of the bomb attacks in Brussels.
  11. Top 5 Mutual Fund Holders of Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV, VPMCX)

    March 19, 2016
    Discover the five largest mutual fund investors in Southwest Airlines common stock. One actively traded fund has Southwest ...
  12. 2 Stocks to Invest in After January's Meltdown (LUV, AMT)

    March 9, 2016
    Find stocks at bargain prices after the January 2016 stock market meltdown, while focusing on companies with little reliance ...
  13. Airlines May Enter a New Bear Market in 2016

    February 29, 2016
    Despite savings from record low oil prices, airlines lost substantial ground in 2015. Is the airline industry entering a ...
  14. A Breakdown on the Low-cost Airline Industry

    February 29, 2016
    LCCs have become powerful players in the airline sector globally as cost-conscious consumers embrace their no-frills approach. ...
  15. Analyzing Southwest Airlines' Market Share (LUV)

    February 12, 2016
    Learn about how Southwest Airlines has grown and continued to operate profitability despite being in a notoriously volatile ...
  16. Analyzing Southwest's Return on Equity (ROE) (LUV)

    February 5, 2016
    Find out how Southwest's net margin, asset turnover and financial leverage impact return on equity (ROE). How does its ROE ...
  17. Is Spirit Airlines a Real Threat to Southwest? (LUV,SAVE)

    January 29, 2016
    Discover why the evolution of Southwest Airlines has decreased its impact on certain markets, and learn more about key financial ...
  18. Southwest Airlines Takes Off On Strong Q4 Profit

    January 21, 2016
    Southwest's accelerate stock buyback plan combined with its upbeat 2016 outlook suggests now there's plenty to love with ...
  19. Is Southwest Stock Suitable for Your IRA or Roth IRA? (LUV)

    January 12, 2016
    Learn about Southwest's outlook, valuation and suitability for retirement investments. Find out if LUV is a better fit for ...
  20. 3 Reasons Southwest Is Growing Faster than Its Competitors (LUV)

    January 12, 2016
    Understand how Southwest Airlines operates and what makes it different from competitors. Learn three reasons why it's growing ...
  21. 3 Airline Stocks Cruising Steadily in 2016

    January 12, 2016
    It's not going to be easy to find winning transportation stocks in 2016, but these three stocks might offer potential.
  22. Will New Spirit Airlines CEO Restore Growth?

    January 8, 2016
    After six consecutive quarters of declining sequential revenue growth, Ben Baldanza is out as chief executive of Spirit ...
  23. American Airlines P/E Ratio: A Quick Analysis (AAL, DAL)

    January 5, 2016
    A quick analysis of American Airlines Group Inc., using the ubiquitous price-to-earnings ratio.
  24. These 25 Stocks Are Dividend Superstars (NVDA, MA)

    December 31, 2015
    These 25 stocks are dividend superstars, but only four should be on your radar.
  25. The Biggest Risks of Investing in Southwest Stock

    December 16, 2015
    Learn the biggest risks to investing in Southwest Airlines. Discover fundamental, industry-wide and other various internal ...
  26. How Southwest Airlines Stacks Up Vs. Its Peers (LUV, DAL)

    December 15, 2015
    Here's a look at Southwest Airlines' P/E ratio and other metrics to see if the stock is a good pick in the airline industry.
  27. American Airlines: How Does a Giant Get Bigger?

    December 8, 2015
    American Airlines has merged and organically grown its way to success. Will that success continue, or is it time to sell?
  28. Will the Global Terror Threat Sink Airline Stocks?

    November 24, 2015
    A climate of security threats has led the State Department to issue a global travel warning, and airlines are feeling the ...
  29. Southwest Vs. Virgin Vs. JetBlue: Comparing Business Models (LUV, ...

    November 23, 2015
    Compare and contrast the business strategies and philosophies of three anti-establishment U.S. airlines: Southwest Airlines, ...
  30. Avoid the Worst Air/Rail Travel Fee Rip-Offs (AAL, ALGT)

    November 19, 2015
    Airline fees can vary tremendously. We've compared them side-by-side – along with Amtrak's new charges – to determine who ...
  31. Why Are Customers Choosing Southwest Over Its Competitors? (LUV)

    November 4, 2015
    Find out why air travel customers keep choosing Southwest Airlines over its competitors, and how the Dallas-based carrier ...
  32. Best Ways for Retirees to Use Up Airline Miles

    October 28, 2015
    It’s easier than ever to earn frequent flyer miles, but redeeming them can be tricky. Some tips on how to do it.
  33. American Airlines to Match Some Budget Fares (AAL, LUV)

    October 26, 2015
    For the big, incumbent airlines, it's hard to ignore the popularity and persistence of no-frills, budget rivals. In a move ...
  34. The Incredible Shrinking U.S. Airline Industry

    October 26, 2015
    The U.S. hasn’t had a new scheduled passenger airline since 2007. Some blame a lack of financing while others say government ...
  35. United Continental Recovery Still a Long Way Off (UAL, LUV)

    October 23, 2015
    While much of the airline industry is enjoying healthy profits, United Continental (NYSE: UAL) is still charting a course ...
  36. JetBlue "Fly-Fi" Finally Takes Off (JBLU, LUV)

    October 16, 2015
    Airlines are waging a wireless war. Count JetBlue (NASDAQ: JBLU) as the latest to join the fray -- the carrier's "Fly Fi" ...
  37. Southwest Airlines Still Trying to Fill Capacity (LUV, JPM)

    September 23, 2015
    If Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) tops third quarter earnings forecasts next month, significant improvements in the price ...
  38. Barclays Remains Bullish On Airlines, Despite 2016 Expected To ...

    September 17, 2015
    Fuel prices have dropped around 10 percent since airliners last reported their earnings in July. David Fintzen of Barclays ...
  39. Invest in These 5 Industries When Oil Is Cheap

    August 18, 2015
    Airline and transportation companies benefit directly from cheap oil. But industries that benefit indirectly from cheap oil ...
  40. Delta Tops the Industry Again in On-Time Arrivals (DAL, UAL)

    August 7, 2015
    Not only is Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) well ahead of its industry rivals in on-time performance, it improved its record ...
  41. Southwest Airlines to Keep a Lid on Bag Fees (LUV, JBLU)

    August 6, 2015
    Fly Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV), and your bags will continue to fly along with you for free. That is the message CEO ...
  42. Southwest Airlines: Delta's Worst Enemy? (LUV, DAL)

    August 5, 2015
    Learn about the rivalry between Southwest Airlines and Delta. For decades, Delta was the major operator in the South, but ...
  43. Top 10 Airlines to Work For in 2015

    August 4, 2015
    Find out why Southwest Airlines and JetBlue lead the list of the top airlines to work for in 2015.
  44. U.S. Airlines Are Climbing the Global Charts (DAL, UAL)

    August 3, 2015
    U.K. researcher Skytrax was out with its annual ranking of the world's top airlines last week. Several U.S. carriers improved ...
  45. What to Know About Transferable Points Programs

    July 30, 2015
    Transferable points programs give credit card users a more extensive way to use credit card points for travel.
  46. JetBlue Reports Surprisingly Strong June Traffic (JBLU, LUV)

    July 29, 2015
    With the summer travel season in full swing, JetBlue Airways (NASDAQ: JBLU) outperformed key rivals Southwest Airlines and ...
  47. Credit Card Review: Platinum American Express (AXP, UAL)

    July 28, 2015
    Take a closer look at the gold standard of luxury travel rewards credit cards, the American Express Platinum, and find out ...
  48. Southwest & Cheap Oil: The Perfect Combination?

    July 27, 2015
    Discover how falling oil prices (and well-timed futures contracts) benefit Southwest Airlines.
  49. 4 Things You Didn’t Know About Southwest Airlines (LUV)

    July 23, 2015
    Learn some little-known facts about Southwest Airlines' surging business.
  50. Southwest's Strategy Is the Future of The US Airline Industry

    July 22, 2015
    Learn why Southwest's current profitable business model should become the future of the airline industry.
  51. Which US Airlines Are Poised For Long-Term Gains? (AAL, DAL)

    July 21, 2015
    The US airline industry has undergone a dramatic transformation since the last bear market, with one or two carriers likely ...
  52. How Amtrak Works & Makes Money

    July 21, 2015
    Amtrak transports 31.6 million passengers each year, but it hasn't run a profit in 45 years. Here's how the company was founded ...
  53. The World's Top Emerging Airlines

    July 15, 2015
    Investopedia explores the top emerging airlines in the world and their prospects for growth.
  54. Southwest Airlines Load Factor Hits Record High (LUV)

    July 9, 2015
    On July 8th, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) updated shareholders on flight activity in the month of June -- and the news ...
  55. DOJ Investigating Collusion Among U.S. Airlines (AAL, DAL)

    July 6, 2015
    According to a recent report from The Associated Press, the Department of Justice is investigating whether major U.S. airlines ...
  56. Top 4 Best Value Airlines

    July 6, 2015
    Plane tickets can be pricey, they don't have to be! With this handy guide you can save your hard-earned money for when you're ...
  57. Looking To Invest In Texas? Here Is How

    July 1, 2015
    Ranging from energy to household names, here are some of the top investment opportunities in Texas.
  58. Should Amtrak Be Privatized?

    June 23, 2015
    This story examines whether or not Amtrak, the US consumer rail system, should be privatized in the wake of its tragic accident.
  59. 3 Reasons Southwest Airlines Stock Could Rise (LUV)

    June 17, 2015
    Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) was the best-performing stock in the S&P 500 last year. But it has fallen into a tailspin ...
  60. The Top 3 Reasons Southwest's Stock Is a 'Buy'

    June 15, 2015
    Discover the key differences between Southwest Airlines and other major U.S. airlines that have made Southwest a major business ...
  61. Why Is American Stockpiling $10 Billion in Cash? (AAL, DAL)

    June 12, 2015
    Whether in the spirit of sharing profits fattened by lower oil prices, or simply as a means to keep shareholders on board, ...
  62. How Southwest Airlines Has Won Over Travelers

    June 10, 2015
    Understand what Southwest Airlines' competitive advantages are and how they manage to edge out other airlines.
  63. Try Southwest Airlines Options To Avoid Risks

    June 9, 2015
    Learn how to take a position in Southwest Airlines' stock using option strategies that have limited or defined risk.
  64. Will Southwest Airlines Disrupt United in Houston? (AAL, LUV)

    June 8, 2015
    American Airlines (NASDAQ: AAL) has had a rough time in the past few quarters, as Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has disrupted ...
  65. Best Airline Returns: Delta, Southwest, or Alaska? (ALK, DAL)

    May 29, 2015
    If it's spring, then it's time for airlines to roll out their new dividend and buyback plans. Indeed, it's been a busy month ...
  66. Would Airlines Be Better Off With $100 Oil? (DAL, LUV)

    May 22, 2015
    The cost of jet fuel -- the biggest expense for most airlines -- has declined by about $1 per gallon since this time last ...
  67. Will These High-Flying Stocks Stay Hot in 2015?

    May 22, 2015
    These 10 stocks were on fire in 2014. Will they stay hot?
  68. Better Buy: Delta Air Lines or Southwest Airlines? (DAL, LUV)

    May 8, 2015
    Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) and Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) are two titans of the airline industry and arguably the strongest ...
  69. Southwest Airlines Picked the Right Time to Grow (LUV, AAL)

    April 28, 2015
    Between 2011 and 2014, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) took a hiatus from growth. It increased its capacity less than 2% ...
  70. Southwest Airlines Is Becoming Disruptive Again (LUV, AAL)

    April 16, 2015
    For much of its 40-plus-year history, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has been a disruptive force in the airline industry. ...
  71. Southwest Airlines Has a Lot to Prove This Quarter (DAL, LUV)

    April 10, 2015
    Throughout its history, Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) has distinguished itself by largely avoiding the major financial ...
  72. Channel Dow Jones To Tackle Transport Stocks

    April 7, 2015
    Trade the Dow Jones Transportation Average directly through a traditional fund or break components into baskets of sub-sectors.
  73. Top Investments for a Strong U.S. Dollar

    April 2, 2015
    Looking to benefit from a strong U.S. dollar? Consider these stocks.
  74. Read This Before You Sell Southwest Airlines Stock (LUV)

    March 30, 2015
    Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV) continues to defy expectations. Driven by operational excellence and better-than-expected ...
  75. Why You Should Buy These Uptrending Stocks

    March 16, 2015
    These four uptrending stocks currently exhibiting a buy signal after a pullback. Is this the time to buy?
  76. Will American Airlines Fall Back To Earth In 2015?

    March 11, 2015
    The airline industry enjoys blockbuster profits, and American Airlines Group has been a key beneficiary of the favorable ...
  77. What’s The Best Airline Stock In the Industry?

    February 27, 2015
    With many airlines forced to seek bankruptcy protection, Southwest Airlines stands out as having consistently remained profitable ...
  78. More Gains Ahead From The High-Yielder Up 40%

    February 26, 2015
    Most people know the name Wayne Gretzky. For years he was nearly universally regarded as the best hockey player in the world. ...
  79. Why These Are 2015's Most-Promising Stocks

    February 23, 2015
    A short list of stocks with strong potential for 2015 and beyond.
  80. Crush The Market By Completely Ignoring It

    February 19, 2015
    These days, investors are bombarded with a lot of chatter from the market. The internet, TV and radio are flooded with so-called ...
  81. Where To Get The Cheapest Airline Tickets

    January 26, 2015
    We test out a range of ways to get cheap tickets for your next flight.
  82. How I Found The Best-Performing Stock In 2014

    January 23, 2015
    Two-in-five. That's the number of mutual fund managers that have actually beaten the market over the past five years, according ...
  83. We Beat The Market In 2014... Here's How We'll Do It Again

    January 19, 2015
    I'd like to start off today's issue by sharing an amusing anecdote from one of the books we've been passing around the StreetAuthority ...
  84. Oil Picks For Bulls And Bears

    January 15, 2015
    Everyone thought the biggest economic news of 2014 was going to fall somewhere between the end of quantitative easing, some ...
  85. 72% Profits by Summer? This Trade Looks Like a Shoo-In

    January 14, 2015
    Crude oil's 58% drop from its June high is estimated to have shifted about $2.2 trillion from oil producers' pockets into ...
  86. Strange Bedfellows Or Archrivals? Southwest vs Jet Blue

    December 17, 2014
    Shareholders will continue to be drawn by Southwest’s and JetBlue’s proven business models.
  87. Top Credit Cards For Airline Miles

    December 3, 2014
    Which companies offer the best credit cards for airline miles travel? Two resources to examine closely.
  88. 5 IPOs That Broke The Markets In 2014

    November 26, 2014
    In 2014, stock markets traded at record levels and the US IPO market enjoyed activity not seen since the 2000 tech bubble. ...
  89. Why Is Ryanair So Cheap?

    November 12, 2014
    Ryanair is Europe's (in)famous low-cost airline. So how do they make money when they sometimes charge as little as $15 for ...
  90. Ebola Panic Creates a 66% Profit Opportunity for Rational Traders

    October 8, 2014
  91. Ebola Panic Creates A 66% Profit Opportunity For Rational Investors

    October 8, 2014
  92. Powerful Momentum Play Could Net Traders 38% Before Year End

    August 27, 2014
    It's rare that I'll go long any stock right after it's made a series of new highs, but Southwest Airlines' ...
  93. How To Profit From The 'Frugal Nation' Phenomenon

    August 20, 2014
    Last month, I looked in disbelief at how quickly the media was to trumpet the "great" news of the job report for ...
  94. How I Found One Of The Best-Performing Stocks Of 2014

    July 15, 2014
    Two-in-five. That's the number of mutual fund managers that have actually beaten the market over the past five years, ...
  95. Barron's Recap: 2014 Midyear Roundtable

    June 14, 2014
    This weekend in Barron's online: the 2014 Midyear Roundtable, why most investing professionals are below average, as ...
  96. Why Airlines Aren't Profitable

    March 17, 2014
    Bankruptcies have become a way of life for the older carriers in the U.S. aviation industry, every major one having to reorganize ...
  97. This Industry's Dividend Leader Is Set To Jump 25%

    January 30, 2014
    Although flying is one of the most attractive ways to travel, the airline industry has been one of the worst investments ...
  98. Is The Natural Gas Rally Over?

    January 29, 2014
    Financial market prices are moved by participants anticipating changes in supply or demand, the fundamental forces of economic ...
  99. Technical Outlook For Four Exceptionally Hot Stocks

    January 15, 2014
    These four large cap stocks are all up more than 30% in the last three months. Here's the technical outlook going forward.
  100. A Great Model And Growing Markets Powering Copa Holdings

    September 3, 2013
    Copa's Panama-based hub-and-spoke system continues to drive uncommon profitability.
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