Press coverage about Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) has been trending positive recently, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. Accern ranks the sentiment of news coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Alaska Air Group earned a coverage optimism score of 0.34 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned news stories about the transportation company an impact score of 45.806683617873 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the near term.

Here are some of the news stories that may have effected Accern Sentiment Analysis’s analysis:

A number of research firms have issued reports on ALK. Standpoint Research began coverage on shares of Alaska Air Group in a report on Monday, December 18th. They set a “buy” rating and a $90.00 price target for the company. ValuEngine raised shares of Alaska Air Group from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, December 1st. Morgan Stanley set a $78.00 price target on shares of Alaska Air Group and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Thursday, November 16th. Stifel Nicolaus reissued a “buy” rating and issued a $105.00 price target (down previously from $115.00) on shares of Alaska Air Group in a research report on Wednesday, January 10th. Finally, Buckingham Research dropped their price target on shares of Alaska Air Group from $90.00 to $88.00 and set a “buy” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, January 26th. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, five have issued a hold rating, eight have given a buy rating and two have given a strong buy rating to the company. The company currently has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $87.53.

Alaska Air Group (ALK) remained flat at $$64.80 during midday trading on Friday. The company had a trading volume of 3,008,355 shares, compared to its average volume of 2,760,000. The company has a market cap of $7,970.00, a price-to-earnings ratio of 10.66, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 3.33 and a beta of 0.84. The company has a quick ratio of 0.77, a current ratio of 0.79 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.61. Alaska Air Group has a 1 year low of $59.25 and a 1 year high of $98.30.

Alaska Air Group (NYSE:ALK) last posted its quarterly earnings data on Thursday, January 25th. The transportation company reported $0.83 earnings per share for the quarter, hitting the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $0.83. The company had revenue of $1.96 billion during the quarter, compared to analyst estimates of $1.96 billion. Alaska Air Group had a net margin of 12.96% and a return on equity of 24.39%. The company’s revenue was up 28.7% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $1.56 earnings per share. research analysts forecast that Alaska Air Group will post 5.74 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, March 8th. Stockholders of record on Tuesday, February 20th were issued a dividend of $0.32 per share. This is a positive change from Alaska Air Group’s previous quarterly dividend of $0.30. The ex-dividend date of this dividend was Friday, February 16th. This represents a $1.28 annualized dividend and a dividend yield of 1.98%. Alaska Air Group’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 21.05%.

In other news, VP Christopher Michael Berry sold 460 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, February 21st. The shares were sold at an average price of $97.00, for a total transaction of $44,620.00. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now owns 1,997 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $193,709. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the SEC, which is accessible through this link. Also, CEO Gary L. Beck sold 6,360 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, March 9th. The stock was sold at an average price of $65.10, for a total transaction of $414,036.00. Following the sale, the chief executive officer now directly owns 3,316 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $215,871.60. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders have sold 13,373 shares of company stock valued at $884,697. Company insiders own 0.57% of the company’s stock.

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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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