News headlines about Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) have trended positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of media coverage by analyzing more than 20 million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Alaska Air Group earned a media sentiment score of 0.39 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news articles about the transportation company an impact score of 46.0330337211304 out of 100, indicating that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near future.

These are some of the news articles that may have impacted Accern’s scoring:

Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) traded up $0.58 during trading on Wednesday, reaching $73.77. 1,510,648 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,496,872. The company has a current ratio of 0.80, a quick ratio of 0.78 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68. The stock has a market capitalization of $9,010.00, a PE ratio of 9.99 and a beta of 1.03. Alaska Air Group has a 1-year low of $61.10 and a 1-year high of $101.43.

Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) last released its earnings results on Wednesday, October 25th. The transportation company reported $2.24 earnings per share for the quarter, missing the Zacks’ consensus estimate of $2.26 by ($0.02). The company had revenue of $2.12 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.13 billion. Alaska Air Group had a net margin of 10.34% and a return on equity of 28.74%. The firm’s revenue was up 35.4% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same quarter in the previous year, the firm earned $2.20 earnings per share. equities analysts predict that Alaska Air Group will post 6.73 EPS for the current fiscal year.

The business also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 7th. Shareholders of record on Tuesday, November 21st were paid a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.63%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Monday, November 20th. Alaska Air Group’s payout ratio is 19.23%.

ALK has been the subject of several recent research reports. Imperial Capital decreased their target price on shares of Alaska Air Group from $85.00 to $70.00 and set a “line” rating for the company in a research report on Thursday, October 26th. Morgan Stanley reissued an “overweight” rating on shares of Alaska Air Group in a research report on Tuesday, September 12th. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Alaska Air Group from a “sell” rating to a “strong sell” rating in a research report on Tuesday, August 22nd. Bank of America decreased their target price on shares of Alaska Air Group from $100.00 to $96.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, October 13th. Finally, UBS upgraded shares of Alaska Air Group from an “outperform” rating to a “strong-buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 15th. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, one has issued a hold rating, ten have given a buy rating and three have given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $91.18.

In other Alaska Air Group news, EVP Andrew R. Harrison sold 540 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, November 27th. The shares were sold at an average price of $65.53, for a total value of $35,386.20. Following the transaction, the executive vice president now directly owns 20,788 shares in the company, valued at $1,362,237.64. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this hyperlink. Also, CEO David L. Campbell sold 4,934 shares of the business’s stock in a transaction dated Monday, December 4th. The shares were sold at an average price of $68.00, for a total transaction of $335,512.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the chief executive officer now owns 9,648 shares in the company, valued at $656,064. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. 0.57% of the stock is owned by insiders.

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About Alaska Air Group

Alaska Air Group, Inc is the holding company of Alaska Airlines (Alaska), Virgin America Inc, Horizon Air (Horizon) and other business units. The Company operates through three segments: Mainline, Regional and Horizon. Its Mainline segment includes Alaska’s and Virgin America’s scheduled air transportation for passengers and cargo throughout the United States, and in parts of Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica and Cuba.

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