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Southwest Airlines (LUV) Beats on Q3 Earnings

Southwest Airlines Co . LUV is a low-cost passenger carrier that provides scheduled air transportation in the United States. The carrier also plans to expand its international operations to 50 international destinations. Earlier, it completed the acquisition of AirTran Holdings, which now operates as a wholly owned subsidiary under the name AirTran Airways.

Currently, Southwest Airlines has a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell), but that could definitely change following the carrier's earnings report which was just released. You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here .

We have highlighted some of the key stats from this just-revealed announcement below:

Earnings : Southwest Airlines' third-quarter earnings per share (excluding 4 cents from non-recurring items) of 88 cents per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 87 cents. Earnings however declined 5.4% on a year over year basis.

Revenue : Southwest Airlines reported revenues of $5,271 million missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $5296.6 million. Revenues however increased 2.6% on a year over year basis.

Southwest Airlines Company Price and EPS Surprise

Southwest Airlines Company Price and EPS Surprise | Southwest Airlines Company Quote

Key Stats to Note : In the reported quarter, Revenue per available seat mile (RASM: a key measure of unit revenue) stood at 13.50 cents, down 0.5% year over year. The metric is expected to rise up to 1.5% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2017. Unit costs, excluding fuel and oil expense, special items and profit sharing expense, are expected to be flat to up 1.5% in fourth quarter 2017.

Check back later for our full write up on this Southwest Airlines earnings report later!

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