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August 7, 2014
10:39 EDTPCLN, CTRPCtrip surges after increasing ties to Priceline
Shares of Chinese online travel agency Ctrip.com (CTRP) are jumping after the company expanded its partnership with Priceline (PCLN) and received a $500M investment from the U.S. online travel giant. WHAT'S NEW: Ctrip and Priceline last night announced that under an expanded agreement Ctrip's customers will be able to access all of Priceline's accommodations outside of Greater China, while Priceline's customers will be able to access Ctrip's over 100,000 accommodations within Greater China. Additionally, Priceline and Ctrip will offer their respective hotel inventory to each other on an enlarged scale with more favorable partnership terms, including an agreement to enhance promotional efforts, the companies said. Meanwhile, Priceline will invest $500M in Ctrip through a convertible bond and Ctrip has given Priceline permission to buy Ctrip's shares on the open market. As a result, Priceline will be able to obtain a stake of up to 10% in Ctrip, the companies reported. ANALYST REACTION: A number of analysts were very upbeat on Ctrip's outlook following the news. In a note to investors today, Oppenheimer analyst Ella Ji wrote that the new deal increases Ctrip's access to Priceline's worldwide inventories and offers more cross-promotion opportunities to Ctrip. The Chinese company's expanding overseas inventory will further enhance its leadership position in China, according to Ji, who kept an Outperform rating on Ctrip. Similarly, Fawne Jiang, an analyst at Brean Capital ,wrote that the deal further enhances Ctrip's leadership position in the Chinese online travel sector. The analyst continues to recommend investing in the stock and sees it as a core holding in the China Internet sector. Jiang kept a $74 price target and Buy rating on the shares. Meanwhile, research firm CLSA responded to the news by upgrading Ctrip two notches, to Buy from Underperform. The firm now has a $78 price target on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In mid-morning trading, Ctrip jumped 11.8% to $67.60 and Priceline gained 1.2% to $1296.44.
News For CTRP;PCLN From The Last 14 Days
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February 27, 2015
09:04 EDTPCLNPriceline names Hennessy as CEO of priceline.com division
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February 26, 2015
10:00 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
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February 25, 2015
16:11 EDTPCLNPriceline initiated with an Equal Weight at Morgan Stanley
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February 20, 2015
16:48 EDTPCLNDow, S&P 500 finish week at record highs after Greek deal reached
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07:14 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,425 from $1,375 at Deutsche Bank
Blackhawk raised its price target for Priceline shares to $1,425 after upping its estimates following the company's "solid" Q4 results. It keeps a Buy rating on the name.
February 19, 2015
16:28 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:50 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,450 from $1,300 at RBC Capital
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12:45 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Midday Wrap
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11:34 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,400 from $1,315 at Pacific Crest
Pacific Crest said Priceline's better than expected earnings, currency-neutral bookings and roomnights in Q4 show that its underlying growth is robust. The firm raised its price target on the stock to $1,400 and maintains its Outperform rating on the name.
10:14 EDTPCLNPriceline price target raised to $1,375 from $1,325 at Piper Jaffray
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09:12 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:15 EDTPCLNPriceline up 6% to $1,190 after earnings beat, new $3B buyback authorized
07:07 EDTPCLNPriceline sees Q1 EPS $7.20-$7.75, consensus $8.52
Sees Q1 revenue up 4%-11%, consensus $1.86B. year-over-year increase in total gross travel bookings of approximately 2% - 9%, or an increase of approximately 14% - 21% on a local currency basis.
07:06 EDTPCLNPriceline authorizes additional $3B in share buybacks
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07:04 EDTPCLNPriceline reports Q4 adjusted EPS $10.85, consensus $10.10
Reports Q revenue $1.84B, consensus $1.8B. Reports Q4 gross travel bookings, which refers to the total dollar value, generally inclusive of all taxes and fees, of all travel services purchased by its customers, were $10.7B, an increase of 17% over a year ago, or approximately 23% on a local currency basis.
06:52 EDTPCLNPriceline plans to acquire Rocketmiles for $20M, WSJ says
Priceline's venture unit plans to buy hotel booker Rocketmiles for roughly $20M, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal notes that the deal may entice Priceline customers to book hotels through the Priceline network rather than individual hotel sites. Reference Link
February 18, 2015
15:38 EDTPCLNPriceline technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:35 EDTPCLNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.54... Priceline (PCLN), consensus $10.10... DIRECTV (DTV), consensus $1.40... Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 35c... Host Hotels & Resorts (HST), consensus 39c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 64c... Discovery Communications (DISCA), consensus 41c... SCANA (SCG), consensus 73c... Quanta Services (PWR), consensus 51c... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 59c... Denbury Resources (DNR), consensus 23c... T-Mobile (TMUS), consensus 5c... Linn Energy (LINE), consensus 6c... Linn Co (LNCO), consensus 39c... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN), consensus 27c... Huntington Ingalls (HII), consensus $1.98.
13:36 EDTPCLNPriceline February volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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