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What to Watch When Southwest Airlines (LUV) Reports Q3 Earnings

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Southwest Airlines (LUV - Get Report) is scheduled to release its third quarter fiscal 2015 earnings results on Thursday before the opening bell.

Overall, analysts are estimating that the company's earnings and revenue will increase from a year ago.

For the recent quarter, analysts are expecting earnings to be 92 cents a share on revenue of $5.11 billion.

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In the third quarter of fiscal 2014, the company earned 55 cents a share on revenue of $4.8 billion.

Some factors propelling the company's growth include tumbling fuel prices and fleet restructuring initiatives, according to Zacks Equity Research.

However, the company faces fierce competition from other low-cost carriers.

Southwest Airlines stock is decreasing 0.53% to $41.16 on Wednesday afternoon.

Based in Dallas, Southwest Airlines operates passenger airlines that provide scheduled air transportation services in the U.S. and near-international markets.

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