Southwest Airlines (LUV) Expected to Beat Earnings Estimates: Should You Buy?

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Wall Street expects a year-over-year decline in earnings on higher revenues when Southwest Airlines (LUV) reports results for the quarter ended March 2024. While this widely-known consensus outlook is important in gauging the company's earnings picture, a powerful factor that could impact its near-term stock price is how the actual results compare to these estimates.The stock might move higher if these key numbers top expectations in the upcoming earnings report, which is expected to be released on April 25. On the other hand, if they miss, the stock may move lower.While the sustainability of the immediate price change and future earnings expectations will mostly depend on management's discussion of business conditions on the earnings call, it's worth handicapping the probability of a positive EPS surprise.Zacks Consensus EstimateThis airline is expected to post quarterly loss of $0.31 per share in its upcoming report, which represents a year-over-year change of -14.8%.Revenues are expected to be $6.45 billion, up 13.1% from the year-ago quarter.Estimate Revisions TrendThe consensus EPS estimate for the quarter has been revised 3.22% lower over the last 30 days to the current level. This is essentially a reflection of how the covering analysts have collectively reassessed their initial estimates over this period.Investors should keep in mind that an aggregate change may not always reflect the direction of estimate revisions by each of the covering analysts.Earnings WhisperEstimate revisions ahead of a company's earnings release offer clues to the business conditions for the period whose results are coming out. This insight is at the core of our proprietary surprise prediction model -- the Zacks Earnings ESP (Expected Surprise Prediction).The Zacks Earnings ESP compares the Most Accurate Estimate to the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the quarter; the Most Accurate Estimate is a more recent version of the Zacks Consensus EPS estimate. The idea here is that analysts revising their estimates right before an earnings release have the latest information, which could potentially be more accurate than what they and others contributing to the consensus had predicted earlier.Thus, a positive or negative Earnings ESP reading theoretically indicates the likely deviation of the actual earnings from the consensus estimate. However, the model's predictive power is significant for positive ESP readings only.A positive Earnings ESP is a strong predictor of an earnings beat, particularly when combined with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy), 2 (Buy) or 3 (Hold). Our research shows that stocks with this combination produce a positive surprise nearly 70% of the time, and a solid Zacks Rank actually increases the predictive power of Earnings ESP.Please note that a negative Earnings ESP reading is not indicative of an earnings miss. Our research shows that it is difficult to predict an earnings beat with any degree of confidence for stocks with negative Earnings ESP readings and/or Zacks Rank of 4 (Sell) or 5 (Strong Sell).How Have the Numbers Shaped Up for Southwest?For Southwest, the Most Accurate Estimate is higher than the Zacks Consensus Estimate, suggesting that analysts have recently become bullish on the company's earnings prospects. This has resulted in an Earnings ESP of +2.14%.On the other hand, the stock currently carries a Zacks Rank of #3.So, this combination indicates that Southwest will most likely beat the consensus EPS estimate.Does Earnings Surprise History Hold Any Clue?Analysts often consider to what extent a company has been able to match consensus estimates in the past while calculating their estimates for its future earnings. So, it's worth taking a look at the surprise history for gauging its influence on the upcoming number.For the last reported quarter, it was expected that Southwest would post earnings of $0.11 per share when it actually produced earnings of $0.37, delivering a surprise of +236.36%.Over the last four quarters, the company has beaten consensus EPS estimates two times.Bottom LineAn earnings beat or miss may not be the sole basis for a stock moving higher or lower. Many stocks end up losing ground despite an earnings beat due to other factors that disappoint investors. Similarly, unforeseen catalysts help a number of stocks gain despite an earnings miss.That said, betting on stocks that are expected to beat earnings expectations does increase the odds of success. This is why it's worth checking a company's Earnings ESP and Zacks Rank ahead of its quarterly release. Make sure to utilize our Earnings ESP Filter to uncover the best stocks to buy or sell before they've reported.Southwest appears a compelling earnings-beat candidate. However, investors should pay attention to other factors too for betting on this stock or staying away from it ahead of its earnings release.Expected Results of an Industry PlayerAmong the stocks in the Zacks Transportation - Airline industry, Hawaiian Holdings (HA) is soon expected to post loss of $2.75 per share for the quarter ended March 2024. This estimate indicates a year-over-year change of -26.7%. This quarter's revenue is expected to be $630.61 million, up 2.9% from the year-ago quarter.The consensus EPS estimate for Hawaiian Holdings has been revised 10.5% lower over the last 30 days to the current level. However, a lower Most Accurate Estimate has resulted in an Earnings ESP of -1.12%.When combined with a Zacks Rank of #3 (Hold), this Earnings ESP makes it difficult to conclusively predict that Hawaiian Holdings will beat the consensus EPS estimate. Over the last four quarters, the company surpassed consensus EPS estimates two times.Stay on top of upcoming earnings announcements with the Zacks Earnings Calendar.Zacks Names #1 Semiconductor Stock It's only 1/9,000th the size of NVIDIA which skyrocketed more than +800% since we recommended it. NVIDIA is still strong, but our new top chip stock has much more room to boom.With strong earnings growth and an expanding customer base, it's positioned to feed the rampant demand for Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Internet of Things. Global semiconductor manufacturing is projected to explode from $452 billion in 2021 to $803 billion by 2028.See This Stock Now for Free >>Want the latest recommendations from Zacks Investment Research? Today, you can download 7 Best Stocks for the Next 30 Days. Click to get this free report Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV): Free Stock Analysis Report Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (HA): Free Stock Analysis ReportTo read this article on Zacks.com click here.Zacks Investment ResearchWeiter zum vollständigen Artikel bei Zacks

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16.08.2019Southwest Airlines OutperformWolfe Research
26.07.2019Southwest Airlines Market PerformCowen and Company, LLC
26.04.2019Southwest Airlines In-lineImperial Capital
28.03.2019Southwest Airlines In-lineImperial Capital
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16.08.2019Southwest Airlines OutperformWolfe Research
27.09.2018Southwest Airlines OutperformImperial Capital
27.07.2018Southwest Airlines OutperformCowen and Company, LLC
04.06.2018Southwest Airlines OutperformCowen and Company, LLC
25.05.2018Southwest Airlines BuyTigress Financial
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26.07.2019Southwest Airlines Market PerformCowen and Company, LLC
26.04.2019Southwest Airlines In-lineImperial Capital
28.03.2019Southwest Airlines In-lineImperial Capital
27.03.2019Southwest Airlines Market PerformCowen and Company, LLC
20.03.2019Southwest Airlines In-lineImperial Capital
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29.05.2007Southwest Airlines underweightPrudential Financial
29.11.2006Update Southwest Airlines Co.: SellGoldman Sachs
10.10.2006Update Southwest Airlines Co.: UnderperformCredit Suisse

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