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A major domestic airline that provides point-to-point, low-fare service.
I think that a merger with JBLU could help this company remain the low cost flyer of consumer choice in the airlines business.
In an industry where customers compete to complain louder than everyone else, only Southwest seems to build their growing market share on making flying hassle-free and failrly enjoyable.
Continued expansion across US and world. Acquisition of airbus.
They just expanded more domestic routes out of their hub in Texas, which will most certainly lead to more profits over time. Southwest has been and continues to be a well-run airline. Also, the company is somewhat insulated from what happens abroad (Ukraine, Ebola, European recession, Cartels, etc,), because they are a domestic carrier.
I am just a newbie at this but they have done well over the last year...so
Going short on the entire airline sector. Earnings forecasts are very optimistic in my view. They are economically sensitive, and I predict the US economy is going to soften near-term.
Trying something new: picking companies with high customer satisfaction rankings as recorded by various polls/reports.
Good management, responsive business model, relative low overhead, and good forward earnings potential.
they are the best at making money and keeping costs down while taking care of customers
Profitable, good trend
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Up 88% in the last year on some postive overall changes and growth into new markets...but its still an airline.
Constantly growing as a company and providing fantastic service. I think we will see more market share for Southwest in the coming years.
2014 Sabrient Pick
Now that Southwest Airlines is adding flights out of the continental US it is starting a new phase in its competition with the major carriers. It has always been one of the highest rated airlines by consumers.
Positive:- Best of the airlines (but still an airline ...)- Their size allows them to effectively compete on prices which is the overriding issue for customers- They might be able to further take market share from competitors, especially on international lines- Very good management- Fuel costs may go down with more deflation on the horizon (which I expect)Negative:- It is an airline and we might be on a cyclical top- Not that cheap anymore (but who is?)Category: PVn
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