Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK) Announces $0.30 Quarterly Dividend

Alaska Air Just Became A Top Pick At Morgan Stanley

Telemus Capital LLC increased its stake in Alaska Air Group by 2.3% in the first quarter. The portion of a company's profit allocated to each outstanding share of common stock was $6.29 a share in the trailing twelve months. (NYSE:ALK). Kentucky Retirement Insurance Trust Fund owns 0.05% invested in Alaska Air Group, Inc. (NYSE:ALK). Afam Capital invested in 0.14% or 12,076 shares. It has outperformed by 12.63% the S&P500.

Bruce Berkowitz increased its stake in St Joe Co (JOE) by 4.44% based on its latest 2017Q2 regulatory filing with the SEC. Tyvor Capital Llc bought 52,516 shares as the company's stock declined 12.45% while stock markets rallied. Finemark Natl Bank & Tru invested 0.04% in Crown Castle International Corp. Menta Lc holds 0.06% or 5,700 shares. (REIT) (NYSE:CCI) has risen 11.07% since November 18, 2016 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 31.76% the S&P500. (NYSE:ALK). Massachusetts Commerce Ma invested in 0.02% or 411,487 shares.

Investors sentiment increased to 0.82 in 2017 Q2. Its down 0.10, from 0.98 in 2017Q1. The total value of its holdings increased 215.4%. 131 funds opened positions while 449 raised stakes. Bank of America Corporation lowered their price target on shares of Alaska Air Group from $100.00 to $96.00 and set a "buy" rating for the company in a report on Friday, October 13th. Big Lots Inc (NYSE:BIG) was reduced too. Bridgeway Cap Management owns 59,600 shares.

Equity analyst Imperial Capital lowered the price target on October 26 changing the forecast from $85.00 to $70.00 with a "line" recommendation. Principal Financial accumulated 7,697 shares. Proshare Advisors Limited Liability invested in 0% or 23,365 shares. Prudential Public Ltd reported 97,951 shares. Rhumbline Advisers reported 80,073 shares. Axa owns 270,700 shares or 0.11% of their U.S. portfolio. Quantitative Systematic Strategies holds 0.68% or 30,076 shares. Ledyard Comml Bank invested in 110 shares. Rockefeller Financial Service accumulated 468,274 shares or 0.31% of the stock. SPRAGUE JOSEPH A sold $635,947 worth of stock. Therefore 13% are positive. Alaska Air Group had a net margin of 10.34% and a return on equity of 28.74%. The stock has "Buy" rating by Stifel Nicolaus on Sunday, August 20. Cowen & Co has "Buy" rating and $100.0 target. Two research analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, two have issued a hold rating, nine have issued a buy rating and three have given a strong buy rating to the company. The company was downgraded on Wednesday, May 24 by Stephens. The firm earned "Sell" rating on Monday, November 21 by Goldman Sachs. J.P. Morgan downgraded it to "Hold" rating and $74.0 target in Wednesday, November 1 report. FinnCap maintained the shares of TRT in report on Monday, November 16 with "Corporate" rating. They now have a $74.00 price target on the transportation company's stock. The insider JENSON WARREN sold 32,512 shares worth $1.03M.

Thompson Siegel & Walmsley Llc decreased Kla (NASDAQ:KLAC) stake by 132,328 shares to 245,158 valued at $22.43 million in 2017Q2.

The company's quarterly EPS surprised Wall Street by as much as -1% to the downside in its last earnings announcement, so investors should note this tendency when assessing consensus estimates. The transportation company reported $1.05 EPS for the quarter, beating the Zacks' consensus estimate of $1.04 by $0.01.

Shares of Alaska Air Group (ALK) traded up $0.53 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $66.40.

A number of hedge funds have recently made changes to their positions in the business. Following the completion of the sale, the vice president now directly owns 39 shares in the company, valued at approximately $3,808.35. (NYSE:ALK). Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania School Empls Retrmt System stated it has 9,183 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings. Moreover, Fincl Engines Advisors Ltd Company has 0.17% invested in Alaska Air Group, Inc. New England Research & Management Inc. grew its position in shares of Alaska Air Group by 254.0% during the second quarter. About 1.82M shares traded. A number of research analysts have recently issued reports on the company. Investec Asset Mgmt North America stated it has 15,406 shares. Aviva Pcl invested in 0.06% or 17,992 shares. Nelson Roberts Advsr Ltd Com reported 1,110 shares or 0.08% of all its holdings.

Alaska Air Group, Inc is the holding company of Alaska Airlines (Alaska), Virgin America Inc, Horizon Air (Horizon) and other business units. RBC Capital Markets maintained 3M Co (NYSE:MMM) on Friday, September 15 with "Hold" rating. Da Davidson holds 11,557 shares. Fairholme Capital Management Llc bought 1.08 million shares as the company's stock rose 2.33% with the market.

Alaska Air Group has raised its dividend payment by an average of 76.5% per year over the last three years and has raised its dividend every year for the last 3 years. Equities research analysts expect Alaska Air Group to earn $6.44 per share next year, which means the company should continue to be able to cover its $1.20 annual dividend with an expected future payout ratio of 18.6%.

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