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Alaska Air Board Backs CEO, Who Says He Never Gave Out Insider Info

DOW JONES NEWSWIRES Alaska Air Group Inc.'s (ALK) Chairman and Chief Executive William Ayer said he never gave insider information on Puget Energy Inc. to anyone, while the airline's board gave him its vote of confidence. Earlier Thursday, Bloomberg News reported the Securities and Exchange Commission was investigating Ayer and New York hedge fund manager Donald Smith & Co. over some well-timed bets made on Puget shares. In a statement from Alaska Air, Ayer said he "never provided any material non-public information about Puget Energy to Donald Smith & Co., or anyone else." The company's lead independent director, Marc Langland, said the board has "full confidence" in Ayer and his "high ethical standards." Ayer, who is a director of Puget Energy, was on the company's board during a $3.89 billion buyout in 2008, a deal that caused the company's share value to jump. According to the report, which cited two people familiar with the matter, the SEC is investigating whether the Donald Smith & Co. acted on inside information when it doubled its stake in Puget just before the deal was approved by Washington state officials. Alaska Air shares were flat after hours, having closed Thursday down 4.6% at $46.50. The stock has risen 35% so far this year. -By Joan E. Solsman, Dow Jones Newswires; 212-416-2291; [email protected]

Stock News for Alaska Air (ALK)
DateTimeHeadline
02/23/201717:06:46Amended Current Report Filing (8-k/a)
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02/17/201706:01:42Current Report Filing (8-k)
02/16/201708:00:00Alaska Airlines names new chief information officer, new vice...
02/14/201711:36:24Annual Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (5)
02/13/201716:57:48Annual Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (5)
02/13/201716:57:47Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
02/13/201713:52:33Amended Statement of Ownership (sc 13g/a)
02/13/201708:20:11Amended Statement of Ownership (sc 13g/a)
02/10/201708:00:00Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air employees receive $100 million...
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02/09/201711:50:10Amended Statement of Ownership (sc 13g/a)
02/09/201711:27:00Donald Trump, Meeting With Airline CEOs, Targets Air-Traffic...
02/09/201708:00:00Alaska Air Group reports January 2017 operational results
02/09/201706:05:32Amended Statement of Ownership (sc 13g/a)
02/08/201708:00:00Alaska Air Group reports fourth quarter 2016 and full-year results...
02/08/201706:11:42Current Report Filing (8-k)
02/01/201708:00:00Alaska Airlines announces new service between Orange County...
01/30/201711:33:03Statement of Ownership (sc 13g)

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