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How to buy Alaska Air Group stock

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Alaska Air Group, Inc is an airlines business based in the US. Alaska Air Group shares (ALK) are listed on the NYSE and all prices are listed in US Dollars. Alaska Air Group employs 16,050 staff and has a trailing 12-month revenue of around USD$3.6 billion.

How to buy shares in Alaska Air Group

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  2. Open and fund your brokerage account. Complete an application with your personal and financial details, like your ID and bank information. Fund your account with a bank transfer, credit card or debit card.
  3. Search for Alaska Air Group. Find the stock by name or ticker symbol: ALK. Research its history to confirm it's a solid investment against your financial goals.
  4. Purchase now or later. Buy today with a market order or use a limit order to delay your purchase until Alaska Air Group reaches your desired price. To spread out your purchase, look into dollar-cost averaging, which smooths out buying at consistent intervals and amounts.
  5. Decide on how many to buy. Weigh your budget against a diversified portfolio that can minimize risk through the market's ups and downs. You may be able to buy a fractional share of Alaska Air Group, depending on your broker.
  6. Check in on your investment. Congratulations, you own a part of Alaska Air Group. Optimize your portfolio by tracking how your stock — and even the business — performs with an eye on the long term. You may be eligible for dividends and shareholder voting rights on directors and management that can affect your stock.

Alaska Air Group share price

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Alaska Air Group shares at a glance

Information last updated 2021-02-24.
52-week rangeUSD$20.02 - USD$66.965
50-day moving average USD$54.3142
200-day moving average USD$45.5689
Wall St. target priceUSD$62.5
PE ratio 83.0233
Dividend yield USD$0.375 (0.59%)
Earnings per share (TTM) USD$0.463

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Is it a good time to buy Alaska Air Group stock?

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Is Alaska Air Group under- or over-valued?

Valuing Alaska Air Group stock is incredibly difficult, and any metric has to be viewed as part of a bigger picture of Alaska Air Group's overall performance. However, analysts commonly use some key metrics to help gauge the value of a stock.

Alaska Air Group's P/E ratio

Alaska Air Group's current share price divided by its per-share earnings (EPS) over a 12-month period gives a "trailing price/earnings ratio" of roughly 83x. In other words, Alaska Air Group shares trade at around 83x recent earnings.

That's relatively high compared to, say, the trailing 12-month P/E ratio for the NASDAQ 100 at the end of 2019 (27.29). The high P/E ratio could mean that investors are optimistic about the outlook for the shares or simply that they're over-valued.

Alaska Air Group's PEG ratio

Alaska Air Group's "price/earnings-to-growth ratio" can be calculated by dividing its P/E ratio by its growth – to give 1.3. A low ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer better value, while a higher ratio can be interpreted as meaning the shares offer worse value.

The PEG ratio provides a broader view than just the P/E ratio, as it gives more insight into Alaska Air Group's future profitability. By accounting for growth, it could also help you if you're comparing the share prices of multiple high-growth companies.

Alaska Air Group's EBITDA

Alaska Air Group's EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation) is USD$145 million.

The EBITDA is a measure of a Alaska Air Group's overall financial performance and is widely used to measure a its profitability.

Alaska Air Group financials

Revenue TTM USD$3.6 billion
Gross profit TTM USD$-784,000,000
Return on assets TTM -7.91%
Return on equity TTM -35.63%
Profit margin -36.65%
Book value $24.191
Market capitalisation USD$8.2 billion

TTM: trailing 12 months

Shorting Alaska Air Group shares

There are currently 3.5 million Alaska Air Group shares held short by investors – that's known as Alaska Air Group's "short interest". This figure is 36.7% down from 5.5 million last month.

There are a few different ways that this level of interest in shorting Alaska Air Group shares can be evaluated.

Alaska Air Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR)

Alaska Air Group's "short interest ratio" (SIR) is the quantity of Alaska Air Group shares currently shorted divided by the average quantity of Alaska Air Group shares traded daily (recently around 1.9 million). Alaska Air Group's SIR currently stands at 1.86. In other words for every 100,000 Alaska Air Group shares traded daily on the market, roughly 1860 shares are currently held short.

However Alaska Air Group's short interest can also be evaluated against the total number of Alaska Air Group shares, or, against the total number of tradable Alaska Air Group shares (the shares that aren't held by "insiders" or major long-term shareholders – also known as the "float"). In this case Alaska Air Group's short interest could be expressed as 0.03% of the outstanding shares (for every 100,000 Alaska Air Group shares in existence, roughly 30 shares are currently held short) or 0.0318% of the tradable shares (for every 100,000 tradable Alaska Air Group shares, roughly 32 shares are currently held short).

Such a low SIR usually points to an optimistic outlook for the share price, with fewer people currently willing to bet against Alaska Air Group.

Find out more about how you can short Alaska Air Group stock.

Alaska Air Group share dividends

We're not expecting Alaska Air Group to pay a dividend over the next 12 months.

Have Alaska Air Group's shares ever split?

Alaska Air Group's shares were split on a 2:1 basis on 10 July 2014. So if you had owned 1 share the day before before the split, the next day you'd have owned 2 shares. This wouldn't directly have changed the overall worth of your Alaska Air Group shares – just the quantity. However, indirectly, the new 50% lower share price could have impacted the market appetite for Alaska Air Group shares which in turn could have impacted Alaska Air Group's share price.

Alaska Air Group share price volatility

Over the last 12 months, Alaska Air Group's shares have ranged in value from as little as $20.02 up to $66.965. A popular way to gauge a stock's volatility is its "beta".

ALK.US volatility(beta: 1.82)Avg. volatility(beta: 1.00)LowHigh

Beta is a measure of a share's volatility in relation to the market. The market (NYSE average) beta is 1, while Alaska Air Group's is 1.8207. This would suggest that Alaska Air Group's shares are more volatile than the average for this exchange and represent, relatively-speaking, a higher risk (but potentially also market-beating returns).

Alaska Air Group overview

Alaska Air Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides passenger and cargo air transportation services. The company operates through three segments: Mainline, Regional, and Horizon. It has a network of approximately 1,300 daily flights to 115 destinations across the United States, Mexico, Canada, and Costa Rica. The company was founded in 1932 and is based in Seattle, Washington.

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