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Southwest Airlines ($LUV) Stock Split History

Southwest Airlines stock has experienced a total of 11 stock splits in its history. The most recent stock split took place on February 16th, 2001. As a result of these stock splits, one Southwest Airlines share purchased prior to September 23rd, 1980, would now be equivalent to holding 106.8 Southwest Airlines shares today.

Southwest Airlines ($LUV) Stock Split History Graph and Chart

Southwest Airlines ($LUV) Stock Split Dates

Date Ratio
09/23/19803 for 2
10/23/19815 for 4
01/24/19832 for 1
01/30/19845 for 4
08/30/19903 for 2
07/16/19922 for 1
07/16/19933 for 2
11/28/19973 for 2
08/21/19983 for 2
07/20/19993 for 2
02/16/20013 for 2

FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

How Does a Southwest Airlines Share Split Work?

A Southwest Airlines stock split is no different than any other stock split. Southwest Airlines is simply packaging the number of outstanding shares in a different way. For example, in a 2-for-1 split, the amount of shares will double (and the price will be divided by 2, accordingly). Say you have 100 shares of Southwest Airlines, then the day of the split you will receive 2 shares for every 1 share you hold in your brokerage account, meaning you will receive 200 shares on the stock split date. However, the price of the stock will reflect this change and your holding of Southwest Airlines (in terms of value) will remain practically the same.

Benefits of a Southwest Airlines Stock Split?

A stock split does not change the fundamental value of a company. Meaning a Southwest Airlines stock split will not make the business more valuable. However, there is a psychological benefit in that the share price will be lower after the split, making shares seem more accessible to everyone and thus temporarily increasing demand and ramping up share prices. To further explore stock splits, please refer to Investopedia.

Buying Before or After a $LUV Stock Split?

While this is not financial advice and we have not run any thorough studies on the matter, general consensus is that price tends to go up after the announcement of a stock split and before the stock split itself happens.

Will Southwest Airlines Stock Split?

Unfortunately, we do not know. There might be rumors of a Southwest Airlines stock split, but the truth is that until the board proposes a shares split to its shareholders, it's all just noise.

How Does a Stock Split Affect $LUV Options?

A stock split affects options the same way it affect shares. In the case of a 2-for-1, the strike price of all the options chain post-split will be divided by 2 automatically. So if you're holding CALLs or PUTs, the strike price of the $LUV option will be automatically changed on the day of the split. Also, the number of shares will double. So if you have a CALL in a 2-for-1, after split you will have 2 calls to control 200 shares, and the strike price of those two CALLs would be halved.

Southwest Airlines Shares Split Results in Fractional Shares

Not all shares splits are even. Some splits, like a 3-for-2 can result in shareholders owning fractional shares. In these cases it's best to contact your broker, to be clear on how they will handle the $LUV shares split.