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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; joan.solsman@dowjones.com

Stock News for Alaska Air (ALK)
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03/28/201708:00:00Alaska Airlines names 29-year industry veteran new vice president...
03/24/201712:18:49Additional Proxy Soliciting Materials (definitive) (defa14a)
03/24/201712:12:21Proxy Statement (definitive) (def 14a)
03/22/201719:43:00Alaska Airlines and Virgin America share vision for the future
03/21/201718:22:14Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
03/21/201714:29:00Alaska Air Group to hold investor day on March 29
03/15/201712:46:00Alaska Airlines' California growth continues, adding six new...
03/15/201707:30:00Alaska Airlines' California growth continues, adding six new...
03/14/201712:20:00Alaska Airlines inaugurates new flights from San Jose, California...
03/13/201706:02:21Current Report Filing (8-k)
03/10/201708:00:00Alaska Air Group reports February 2017 operational results
03/09/201717:08:47Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
03/09/201717:08:47Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
03/09/201708:00:00Alaska Airlines announces 13 new nonstop routes from the Bay...
03/06/201717:31:33Proxy Statement - Notice of Shareholders Meeting (preliminary...
03/03/201718:08:32Statement of Changes in Beneficial Ownership (4)
03/02/201717:59:00Alaska Airlines awarded slots to serve Mexico City from San Francisco...
02/28/201706:05:03Annual Report (10-k)
02/23/201717:06:46Amended Current Report Filing (8-k/a)
02/22/201714:06:00Alaska Airlines and UNCF partner to expand college access nationwide

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