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Although shares of Alaska Air Group Inc. (NYSE:ALK) are up about 50% over the past 12 months, I think there’s still a great deal of value here. In my view, investors should strongly consider taking a position in this name. I’ll go through my reasoning below by highlighting some of the elements of the recent financial performance. I’ll also provide a model of my future price forecast based on likely dividend increases. Since investing is a fundamentally relativistic activity, I’ll then look at the stock, relative to other businesses.


Financial Snapshot

There’s so much that I like about Alaska Air’s financial performance that it’s hard to know where to begin. Turning first to the income statement, the company has done an excellent job of growing both revenue and net income fairly consistently since 2010. This is a rare feat for any company, especially one that operates in such a volatile business as this one.

A very superficial reading of the most recent quarter’s performance relative to the same period last year would suggest trouble at the company. The difficulty is that a comparison to the first quarter of 2016 is not completely relevant, as that period didn’t include Virgin America, while Q1 2017 does. Stripping out the merger related costs boosts net income to $130 million (up from the GAAP reported $99 million). Looking more deeply, the Virgin America acquisition seems to be working, as the company announced 26 and launched six new routes during the quarter. It seems to me that the company is en route (forgive the pun) to becoming the premier carrier on the West Coast.

quot stock: Camping World Holdings, Inc. (CWH)


Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Camping World's (NYSE: CWH) analyst quiet period has ended. So far, it has received coverage form four analysts.

    Sell-Side's Most Noteworthy Calls Morgan Stanley downgraded Juniper (NYSE: JNPR) to Underweight. Guggenheim downgraded MasterCard (NYSE: MA) to Neutral. Imperial Capital upgraded Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) to Outperform. Summit Redstone upgraded VMware (NYSE: VMW) to Buy. Oppenheimer started Twilio (NYSE: TWLO) at Outperform. Deal Talk


    Cipher Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: CPHR) is said to have hired an investment bank to explore strategic alternatives, according to sources as reported by Reuters on Monday. The sources said a potential sale of the Canada-based company is being considered. Cipher declined comment on the report.

quot stock: Monro Muffler Brake, Inc.(MNRO)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Yesterday, shares of Monro Muffler Brake (MNRO) plunged 3.1% after Barron’s Leslie Norton panned the stock in this weekend’s issue of the magazine. And wouldn’t you know it? Monro’s shares are skidding lower once again today.


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    Norton’s argument was straightforward:

    At a recent $62, Rochester, N.Y.based Monro (ticker: MNRO) trades at a lofty 28 times forward earnings, compared with a 10-year average of 21.1, and 17 times earnings for the Standard & Poors 500. With sales growth slowing as competition increases, Monros strategic goal of achieving 15% annual sales gains and 20% profit growth seems distant.

    Any hint of more sluggish sales could push the shares down at least 10%. Bruce Geller, CEO of money manager Dalton Greiner Hartman Maher, who is short the stock, says, A fairly commoditized business with low organic growth deserves a more reasonable multiple of 20 times.


    That would put the stock in the mid-$40s.

    Shares of Monro Muffler Brake have dropped 4% to $57.59 at 3:49 p.m. today, leaving around 20% of downside.

    UPDATE: This post initially misspelled ‘Brake’ as ‘Break.’ It’s been corrected.

quot stock: Warren Resources Inc.(WRES)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Shares of Warren Resources, Inc. (NASDAQ: WRES) were down 31 percent to $0.0656. Warren Resources filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.


    Gogo Inc (NASDAQ: GOGO) was down, falling around 15 percent to $9.40 after the company announced it has reached an agreement with American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ: AAL) to “continue to provide service on a meaningful portion of the American fleet currently served by Gogo.” Investors heavily sold off the stock as the company’s announcement implies it lost some orders to its main competitor, ViaSat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT).

quot stock: New York Times Company (The)(NYT)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Ezra Schwarzbaum]

    Fox News (parent company, Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (NASDAQ: FOXA)) confirmed it dropped their long-time motto, “Fair and Honest,” on June 14, according to the New York Times (parent company, New York Times Co (NYSE: NYT)). It is the latest in a series of mainstream media rebranding moves since President Donald Trump took office.

  • [By Shanthi Rexaline]

    Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), which has a huge customer base in China, didn’t think it worthwhile to risk its business prospects in China. In January this year, the company removed the New York Times Co (NYSE: NYT) app from its app store in China.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Riding on its recent momentum of passing the 3 million paid print and digital subscription mark, New York Times (NYT) has struck up a deal with Spotify in an attempt to lure even more readers to pay for news.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    As their digital advertising growth stalls, imperiled by that increasingly recognized ad duopoly of Alphabet’s Google (GOOGL) and Facebook (FB) , a wide range of publishers has turned to e-commerce, many within the past year. New York Times Co. (NYT) bought the Wirecutter review/commerce business in October, and it now plans to use it as a base for broader commerce plays. Both BuzzFeed and Vox also have announced forays, joined by Conde Nast and Hearst. Business Insider’s Insider Picks, meanwhile, is another business model proved out for the Axel Springer company and has become a significant profit contributor.

  • [By Asit Sharma]

    The New York Times Company (NYSE:NYT) reported credible first-quarter earnings on May 5, as digital revenue offset continued declines in the company’s print media business. Excuse the pun, but after we review the “headline” numbers, we’ll delve into the quarter’s details, as well as the Times’ subscription and revenue outlook.

quot stock: Tiffany & Co.(TIF)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Finally on Friday, Tiffany (TIF) reports, and Cramer is betting on positive news now that the company has an activist involved. He was also bullish on Amgen’s (AMGN) analyst meeting, saying investors should use any market weakness earlier in the week to buy.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Tiffany (TIF) has gained 1.6% to $93.90 after getting upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at William Blair.

    Sprouts Farmers Market (SFM) has jumped 6.2% to $23.39 after reports that privately-held Albertson’s could be interested in acquiring it.

  • [By Ben Levisohn]

    Tiffany (TIF) has tumbled 4.7% after its holiday sales were lower than it had expected. It blamed, in part, disruptions created by the nearby Trump Towers.

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tiffany & Co. (NYSE: TIF) reported upbeat earnings for its fourth quarter.

    Tiffany reported Q4 adjusted earnings of $1.45 per share on revenue of $1.23 billion. However, analysts were expecting earnings of $1.38 per share on revenue of $1.22 billion.

quot stock: Hertz Global Holdings Inc(HTZ)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Benzinga's newsdesk monitors options activity to notice unusual patterns. These large volume (and often out of the money) trades were initially published intraday in Benzinga Professional . These trades were placed during Thursday's regular session.

  • [By Craig Jones]

    On CNBC's Fast Money Halftime Report, Jon Najarian spoke about a big volume in the May 20 calls in Hertz Global Holdings, Inc (NYSE: HTZ). He believes the stock has some upside potential and he decided to buy the upside calls in the name. He is going to hold them for two to three weeks.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Cramer was bearish on Hertz Global Holdings (HTZ) , General Motors (GM) , Pandora Media (P) , Cedar Fair (FUN) , Quotient Technology (QUOT) and Rite Aid (RAD) .

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