Southwest tops Street 3Q forecasts

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In this Monday, May 9, 2016, photo, a Southwest Airlines pilot performs a preflight check on an aircraft at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in Atlanta. Southwest Airlines reports financial results Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/... Mike Stewart) (The Associated Press)

Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) on Wednesday reported third-quarter earnings of $388 million.

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On a per-share basis, the Dallas-based company said it had net income of 62 cents. Earnings, adjusted for non-recurring costs, were 93 cents per share.

The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of eight analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was for earnings of 87 cents per share.

The airline posted revenue of $5.14 billion in the period, also exceeding Street forecasts. Four analysts surveyed by Zacks expected $5.13 billion.

Southwest shares have decreased nearly 3 percent since the beginning of the year, while the Standard & Poor's 500 index has risen nearly 5 percent. The stock has fallen slightly more than 8 percent in the last 12 months.


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