Alaska Air Group (ALK) Stock Rating Upgraded by TheStreet

TheStreet upgraded shares of Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) from a c+ rating to a b- rating in a report published on Wednesday, September 19th.

ALK has been the subject of several other reports. Citigroup lowered their target price on Alaska Air Group from $73.00 to $69.00 and set a neutral rating for the company in a research report on Tuesday, May 29th. Imperial Capital lowered their target price on Alaska Air Group from $71.00 to $65.00 and set a line rating for the company in a research report on Friday, June 1st. Zacks Investment Research lowered Alaska Air Group from a hold rating to a strong sell rating in a research report on Tuesday, July 10th. Morgan Stanley lowered their target price on Alaska Air Group from $80.00 to $77.00 and set an overweight rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, July 12th. Finally, Barclays lowered their target price on Alaska Air Group from $80.00 to $68.00 and set an equal weight rating for the company in a research report on Monday, July 16th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eight have issued a hold rating, seven have given a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. Alaska Air Group currently has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of $76.92.

Shares of ALK traded up $1.76 during trading hours on Wednesday, reaching $61.57. The stock had a trading volume of 3,093,082 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,133,158. Alaska Air Group has a 12 month low of $57.53 and a 12 month high of $81.77. The stock has a market capitalization of $8.48 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 9.27, a PEG ratio of 2.36 and a beta of 0.54. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.56, a quick ratio of 0.71 and a current ratio of 0.73.

Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) last announced its quarterly earnings results on Thursday, July 26th. The transportation company reported $1.66 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $1.63 by $0.03. Alaska Air Group had a return on equity of 16.99% and a net margin of 10.28%. The company had revenue of $2.16 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.16 billion. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $2.48 EPS. Alaska Air Group’s revenue was up 2.6% compared to the same quarter last year. As a group, equities analysts forecast that Alaska Air Group will post 4.2 EPS for the current year.

In other news, EVP Shane R. Tackett sold 3,000 shares of Alaska Air Group stock in a transaction dated Friday, September 7th. The stock was sold at an average price of $66.81, for a total value of $200,430.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 8,238 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $550,380.78. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Company insiders own 0.56% of the company’s stock.

Several institutional investors and hedge funds have recently modified their holdings of ALK. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. grew its stake in shares of Alaska Air Group by 248.8% in the 2nd quarter. Diamond Hill Capital Management Inc. now owns 960,848 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $58,026,000 after buying an additional 685,374 shares during the period. Strs Ohio acquired a new stake in shares of Alaska Air Group in the 2nd quarter valued at about $36,234,000. Point72 Asset Management L.P. acquired a new stake in shares of Alaska Air Group in the 2nd quarter valued at about $29,884,000. Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC grew its stake in shares of Alaska Air Group by 27.2% in the 2nd quarter. Thompson Siegel & Walmsley LLC now owns 1,719,802 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $103,859,000 after buying an additional 367,895 shares during the period. Finally, JPMorgan Chase & Co. grew its stake in shares of Alaska Air Group by 102.0% in the 1st quarter. JPMorgan Chase & Co. now owns 697,647 shares of the transportation company’s stock valued at $43,226,000 after buying an additional 352,335 shares during the period. Institutional investors own 88.72% of the company’s stock.

About Alaska Air Group

Alaska Air Group, Inc, through its subsidiaries, provides passengers and cargo air transportation services. It also focuses on providing ground and ramp handling services to airlines. The company operates through three segments: Mainline, Regional, and Horizon. It has a network of approximately 1,200 daily flights to 118 destinations across the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Costa Rica.

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