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Previous Close34.30
Bid32.99 x 800
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Day's Range32.94 - 33.54
52 Week Range22.47 - 58.83
Avg. Volume25,618,624
Market Cap19.485B
Beta (5Y Monthly)1.25
PE Ratio (TTM)9.61
EPS (TTM)3.44
Earnings DateJul 23, 2020
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Ex-Dividend DateMar 03, 2020
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However, physicians emphasized that the once-daily, fixed-dose pill containing relugolix and add-back therapy would more readily convince a physician to prescribe it instead as the dosing schedule of Orilissa can be confusing, even for the prescriber.” MYOV’s candidate produced significantly fewer hot flashes, making Choi even more confident.“In addition to the side effect profile and simple dosing schedule, physicians called out that many OBGYN offices were not equipped to handle the prior authorizations required for use. MYOV has focused efforts here to ensure that the proper tools are delivered to support prior auth requirements,” Choi added.As updated data from the Phase 3 open-label extension study (LIBERTY) evaluating relugolix combination therapy in women with uterine fibroids (UF) was also promising, the deal is sealed for Choi. To this end, the analyst maintained a Buy rating along with a $28 price target, suggesting 40% upside potential. (To watch Choi’s track record, click here)   Most other analysts also take a bullish approach. MYOV’s Strong Buy consensus rating breaks down into 3 Buys and only 1 Hold. Additionally, the $27.33 average price target puts the upside potential at 36%. (See MYOV stock analysis on TipRanks)Southwest Airlines (LUV)It’s no secret that COVID-19 has dealt the travel industry a swift blow. That being said, as passenger volumes have started to recover from the low point hit in April and market trends improve, Goldman Sachs is turning more bullish on Southwest Airlines.Representing the firm, analyst Catherine O’Brien doesn’t dispute the fact that since LUV was added to the Americas Sell List on February 19, shares have plummeted 40% compared to the S&P 500’s 8% loss.Singing a different tune now, O’Brien argues that given the airline industry’s focus on driving a rebound from the pandemic-induced lows, “Southwest’s primarily domestic network and industry leading balance sheet will drive a faster-than-industry recovery in profitability.”Specifically looking at the latter, the analyst commented, “Additionally, given that liquidity remains a concern for the industry, balance sheet strength is currently of even more importance than it typically is, in our view.”It should also be noted that LUV shares have historically experienced less turbulence than other players in the space. 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