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Influential Analyst Rating Changes: KT Corporation (KT), Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV)

13 October 2017, 10:40 | Hattie Nash

Investors and Traders continue to monitor technical levels of shares of Southwest Airlines Co. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has risen 62.48% since October 13, 2016 and is uptrending.

Cullen Frost Bankers Inc increased Merck & Co Inc New Com (NYSE:MRK) stake by 12,386 shares to 223,682 valued at $14.34 million in 2017Q2. The stock volatility for the week was 2.00% while for the month was 1.89%. Its up 58.55% from 7.16M shares previously. Raymond James Financial Svcs Advisors Incorporated stated it has 8,269 shares or 0% of all its holdings. This represents a $0.50 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 0.84%. Carmignac Gestion holds 2.22M shares. The business had revenue of $5.74 billion for the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $5.73 billion. It has outperformed by 20.93% the S&P500.

A University of Virginia was studying the "Southwest Effect", which essentially found that in markets where the airline has nonstop service fares, tickets are $45 lower than in cities without those routes. Southwest Airlines Co. has $8000 highest and $41 lowest target. Equities research analysts anticipate that Southwest Airlines Company will post $3.62 earnings per share for the current fiscal year. LUV's profit will be $556.86 million for 15.77 P/E if the $0.93 EPS becomes a reality. After posting $1.24 EPS for the previous quarter, Southwest Airlines Co's analysts now forecast -25.00 % negative EPS growth. Another trade for 10,019 shares valued at $1.54 million was sold by Srouji Johny. It also upped Baxter International Inc Com (NYSE:BAX) stake by 8,015 shares and now owns 29,529 shares.

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Since May 17, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 7 insider sales for $4.10 million activity. On Tuesday, May 23 the insider Shaw Mark R sold $226,035. The insider Jordan Robert E sold 15,273 shares worth $912,148. 15,273 shares were sold by Van de Ven Michael G, worth $872,769 on Thursday, May 18. Shares for $81,648 were sold by KELLY GARY C on Wednesday, May 17. The stock opened the day at $3.15, and settled at $3.15 by the end to experience a 0.8% change. At present, 0 analysts call it Sell, while 5 think it is Hold. Therefore 57% are positive. Southwest Airlines Co. has 9 buy ratings, 3 holds and 0 sells even after the stock tumbled -8.67% from its high of $64.39 to a $35.26 billion market value through last close. Stifel Nicolaus maintained the shares of AAWW in report on Tuesday, December 13 with "Buy" rating. Cowen & Co has "Market Perform" rating and $50 target. Cowen & Co maintained the shares of LUV in report on Friday, July 24 with "Outperform" rating. The rating was maintained by JP Morgan with "Overweight" on Thursday, February 4. Imperial Capital maintained Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV) rating on Friday, April 28. On Thursday, August 17 the stock rating was maintained by Morgan Stanley with "Overweight".

Among 4 analysts covering Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings (NASDAQ:AAWW), 1 have Buy rating, 0 Sell and 3 Hold. Its down 0.34, from 1.61 in 2017Q1. It turned negative, as 48 investors sold Southwest Airlines Co shares while 291 reduced holdings.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the stock. Shares of LOW have increased 7.24% in the past three monthswhile the S&P 500 has gained 1.88% in that time. Old Mutual Investors (Uk), United Kingdom-based fund reported 682,721 shares. Bamco owns 0.12% invested in Macquarie Infrastructure Corp (NYSE:MIC) for 304,222 shares. Following the completion of the sale, the senior vice president now owns 7,784 shares in the company, valued at $460,267.92. First Personal Services accumulated 584 shares or 0.01% of the stock. Fred Alger Mngmt has 0% invested in Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV). Checchi Cap Advisers Ltd Liability Co accumulated 6,012 shares or 0.04% of the stock. New York State Teachers Retirement holds 986,451 shares or 0.16% of its portfolio. Montgomery Management Incorporated reported 0.09% of its portfolio in Southwest Airlines Co (NYSE:LUV).

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The collective rating of 1.8 for Southwest Airlines Co. Tiger Legatus Cap Mgmt Ltd holds 16.74% or 525,000 shares.

In the most updated research from a number of analysts on Wall Street, the company gets 16 Buys and 0 Sell among 19 analysts. Therefore 100% are positive. In the capital asset pricing model, beta risk is the only kind of risk for which investors should receive an predictable return higher than the risk-free rate of interest. Evercore upgraded the stock to "Buy" rating in Tuesday, July 26 report. The firm earned "Buy" rating on Friday, November 18 by Citigroup. As per Thursday, July 30, the company rating was maintained by Stifel Nicolaus. As per Friday, January 27, the company rating was maintained by Imperial Capital. The rating was downgraded by Barclays Capital on Thursday, November 12 to "Equal Weight". The company was maintained on Tuesday, September 5 by Oppenheimer. The firm has "Overweight" rating by Stephens given on Tuesday, March 29. The Adage Capital Partners Gp Llc holds 899,883 shares with $55.92M value, down from 974,383 last quarter.

Recently, analysts have updated the overall rating to 3.

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