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11-18-2017: Alaska Airlines Makes Major Acquisition Nearly Doubling Its Size and Reach

The airline group as a whole has been weak of late after several "fat" years of low fuel costs. Fuel costs are a major determinant of profits in the industry. In the midst of this, Alaska Airlines Group (ALK) took over some routes of Horizon Air which was having trouble finding pilots in a pilot shortage and union negotiation difficulties, made a Horizon executive its new CEO, and then engineered a major mega merger with Virgin Airlines, increasing its size and number of routes by over 70%. A big part of this "story stock" is how fast it can integrate with Virgin to utilize economies of scale and synchrony. What it expects to gain here will make the airline stronger than the two airlines take separately, or so are the expectations. But projected earnings are lower, primarily due to fuel costs, but also to expenses of merger.

Our recent article on Alaska Airlines Group, Inc. (ALK) is in the Archives Section Below.

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(Updated once a week, usually on Saturday except when less than 5 trading days in the week.)

Note: Zenith tries to pick only stocks which are shortable, but sometimes stocks appear afterward on the SEC Regulation SHO list of stocks which are not shortable, which is beyond our control. On some stocks, Zenith may hold more than the number of shares it trades in its inventory. Thus the "short" sale of such a security would technically not be a "short" sale for us and not subject to SEC rules regarding selling securities which are not deliverable. Also, stocks pop on and off the list available for shorting on successive days, so the presence of a stock on the current SHO list doesn't mean it was there at the time it was shorted.

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Archive List

11-18-2017: Alaska Airlines Group, Inc. (ALK): Mega Merger with Virgin Airlines

11-15-2017: STMicroelectronics NV (STM): Focused Yet Diversified

11-12-2017: VMware, Inc. (VMW): Cloud Computing Dominant Player

10-31-2017: Shenandoah Telecommunications Company (SHEN): Concentrating Upon Wireless

10-26-2017: Career Education Corporation (CECO): For-Profit Schools Group Stronger

10-20-2017: Ralph Lauren Corporation (RL): Iconic Brands Too Big To Fail?

10-15-2017: Brooks Automation, Inc. (BRKS): Semiconductor Fabrication, Packaging & Cryogenics

10-10-2017: Sanderson Farms, Inc. (SAFM): Best Value Third-Largest Chicken Producer

10-04-2017: Triple-S Management Corp. (GTS): Puerto Rican Insurance

10-02-1017 : Zenith's Monthly Traffic Log for September, 2017

09-26-2017: Fabrinet (FN): Tradable, Channeling

09-23-2017: San Juan Basin Royalty Trust (SJT): Payout Exceeds Revenue

09-20-2017: Centene Corporation (CNC): Growth Through Acquisitions

09-15-2017: Ingredion Corporation (INGR): Average Food Group Performance

09-11-2017: Ituran Location & Control Ltd. (ITRN): Vehicle Tracking

09-07-2017: Quad/Graphics, Inc. (QUAD): State of Art Commercial Printing

08-31-2017: Rogers Communications Inc. (RCI): Competitive Canadian Wireless

08-28-2017: Old Dominion Freight Line (ODFL): Internet Commerce Benefits

08-21-2017: CPI Aerospace Structures, Inc. (CVU): American Aerostructure Craftsmanship

08-17-2017: Hilltop Holdings, Inc. (HTH): Regional Bank with Nationwide Presence

08-12-2017: Aaron's Inc. (AAN): Lease or Buy

08-07-2017: Renewable Energy Group Inc. (REGI): Awaiting Government Enlightenment

08-02-2017: Align Technology Inc. (ALGN): Aligning Teeth

07-27-2017: Washington Federal Inc. (WAFD): Rising Interest Rates Help Profits

07-23-2017: Aercap Holdings, NV (AER): World's Largest Aircraft Lessor

07-17-2017: Argan, Inc. (AGX): Successsful ECP Powerplant Contractor

07-12-2017: Sherwin Williams Co. (SHW): Acquring Most of Competition

06-26-2017: Rudolph Technologies Inc. (RTEC):A Tech Stock with Stronger Valuation than Most

06-21-2017: D.R. Horton Inc. (DHI): America's Largest Homebuilder

06-17-2017: Marriott Vacations Worldwide Corp. (VAC): Enhanced Timeshare

06-10-2017: Eagle Materials, Inc. (EXP): Awaiting Infrastructure Bill

06-04-2017: Ascena Retail Group, Inc. (ASNA): Competition from Amazon Blamed

06-04-2017: Boot Barn Holdings, Inc. (BOOT): Nation's Largest Western Wear Retailer

05-31-2017: MaxLinear, Inc. (MXL): Serving Cable and Satellite Circuit Needs

04-24-2017: Par Technology Corporation (PAR): Food & Beverage Industry Niche

04-18-2017: Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY): Electronic Specialty Retailer

04-12-2017: Mondelez International, Inc. (MDLZ): $35 Billion Spinoff from Kraft

04--06-2017: Darden Restraurants Inc. (DRI): Benefits from Loosened Regulations

03-31-2017: Pepsico, Inc. (PEP): Strong International Presence

03-24-2017: KB Financial Group, Inc. (KB): Large Korean Bank

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