Based on the aggregated intelligence of 180,000-plus investors participating in Motley Fool CAPS, the Fool's free investing community, discount airline Southwest Airlines (NYSE: LUV ) has earned a respected four-star ranking.
With that in mind, let's take a closer look at Southwest and see what CAPS investors are saying about the stock right now.
|Headquarters (founded)||Dallas (1967)|
|Market Cap||$6.88 billion|
|Trailing-12-Month Revenue||$16.6 billion|
|Management||Chairman/CEO Gary Kelly
CFO Laura Wright
|Return on Equity (average, past 3 years)||5.1%|
|Cash/Debt||$3.8 billion / $3.3 billion|
Delta Air Lines
Sources: S&P Capital IQ and Motley Fool CAPS.
On CAPS, 86% of the 1,764 members who have rated Southwest believe the stock will outperform the S&P 500 going forward.
Over $7 billion in shareholders' equity yet a market cap of just over $6 billion? ... Besides the ridiculous valuation, earnings are projected to rise substantially next year and beyond. Oh yeah, add the fact that [Southwest] is a best of breed type with a formidable competitive advantage (and strong customer loyalty) as the company continues to take market share, and you have a fine investment.
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