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A major domestic airline that provides point-to-point, low-fare service.
Southwest knows how to fly. The employees are happy and union.
This cost conscious airline company's stock is trading at levels below 10 years, even though is sales and earnings have more than tripled. The company has plans to add international capabilities by 2015.
LUV and DAL. Two airlines with their stuff all together in one sock.
Many problems with merger will take time to strighten out employee disputes. Landing area disputes. Financial agreements with two airlines
Southwest continues to add destinations, still avoids bag fees (though this may change in the future), and has a good on-time rating (83% on time). Low fares call to most of us, and the recent drop in oil-prices should help LUV's bottom line.
Since August 1972, Southwest has produced annualized returns of 25.99 percent, which means that had you invested $10,000 in Southwest 30 years ago, your stake would be worth a little over $10.2 million today. **** Ok, so over the last 10 years they have not pulled off the same type of returns but at $17 with dividends and decent balance sheet I think want to hold for the next 30 years.
I have watched this stock since 9/11 and recall that it was about $18 before; since then it has dropped considerably. I purchased LUV several years ago and am ahead at this time. It has been slow to rise but I think it will pick up speed because there are now less airlines so ticket prices have risen and I think the airline industry as a whole is healthier; I'm guessing $20 at year end 2014.
9/22 Scouter Top 10
Changing My Caps to Reflect my investing strategy. I start with a simple screener trying to find undervalued dividend paying stocks. Then because I want to invest in things I understand I eliminate any businesses I have not heard of or in areas I lack knowledge ( Financials, Precious Metals). After that I check the Caps Rating and it gets a thumbs up if it is rated 4 stars or higher. Very few 3 star companies will get a thumbs up but occasionally i will go out on a limb with one like this one. as long as they can remain the low price leader i think they will do well.
Great company, delivers a quality product, understands their industry and customers
The BEST overall LT Airline in America!
LUV has a solid business plan that seeks to leverage the mid tier cities with fairly good saturation of those markets. The result is they drive the local market economics to be the best deal where it chooses to compete.
Best of the US airlines.
There is always something dragging airlines down. Even this well run company.
less airlines , less seats, mean higher profits
Pick based on Trefis analysis as of 2/7/13
Southwest is a solid company which will continue to thrive as larger national carriers continue to struggle.
I feel it.
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