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August 7, 2014
10:39 EDTCTRP, PCLNCtrip 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 9, 2016
05:17 EDTPCLNPriceline implied volatility of 55 at upper end of index mean range
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February 5, 2016
15:29 EDTPCLNPriceline tests longer-term support
At the current price of $1019.10, the shares are not far from the low of the day at $1010.69. The $1000 area on a closing basis has held as support, with some exceptions, since late 2013. A breakdown below $1000 would be a technically bearish development for price. Next support below would be at $972. Resistance is at the $1050 area.
15:16 EDTPCLNPriceline volatility increases as shares at low end of two-year range
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February 4, 2016
06:14 EDTPCLNTripAdvisor risk/reward now favorable into earnings, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says that following the significant underperformance of shares, the risk/reward for TripAdvisor (TRIP) is now favorable into the company's Q4 results. The slowdown in travel is already reflected into consensus estimates and concerns regarding the magnitude of the upcoming 2016 guide-down are overblown, Olson tells investors in a pre-earnings research note on the Online Content space. He reiterates an Overweight rating on the stock with a $120 price target. The analyst recommends avoiding Expedia (EXPE) and Priceline (PCLN) into the Q4 reports.
January 31, 2016
20:43 EDTCTRPOn The Fly: Top five weekend stock stories
Catch up on the weekend's top five stories with this list compiled by The Fly: 1. Coca-Cola (KO) announced a minority stake in diary and juice company Chi, with plans to take full ownership within three years. 2. Billionaire investor Nelson Peltz is considering taking an activist position in Time Warner (TWX), the New York Post reported. 3. Toyota (TM) could temporarily halt domestic production after an explosion at a key supplier curbed its supply of steel, Reuters said. 4. Investigations into Herbalife (HLF), as well as investigations into Bill Ackman himself, have fizzled and criminal charges look unlikely, the Wall Street Journal revealed. 5. Virtu Financial (VIRT) and Ctrip (CTRP) were discussed positively by Barron's this week, as well as "tech bargains" Autodesk (ADSK), Akamai (AKAM), Western Digital (WDC), SanDisk (SNDK) and Lam Research (LRCX) and attractive banking stocks Citi (C), JPMorgan (JPM), Bank of America (BAC) and Wells Fargo (WFC).
14:02 EDTCTRPCtrip shares could rise 30% in a year, Barron's says
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January 28, 2016
05:31 EDTPCLNPriceline implied volatility of 47 at upper end of index mean range
January 27, 2016
10:20 EDTPCLNGoldman says sell TripAdvisor as Airbnb adds to industry challenges
The outlook for online travel agencies, or OTAs, has become less favorable, partly due to increased competition from alternative lodging providers like Airbnb, Goldman Sachs wrote in a note to investors today. The firm downgraded one of the stocks in the sector, Priceline (PCLN), to Neutral from Buy, and cut another online travel agency, TripAdvisor (TRIP), to Sell from Neutral. WHAT'S NEW: Amid high lodging occupancy rates and below average supply growth, more travelers are embracing alternative lodging options like Airbnb, cutting out the OTAs, wrote Goldman analyst Heath Terry. Additionally, high occupancy rates are enabling hotels to seek better terms from OTAs, the analyst stated. Meanwhile, OTAs have increased their penetration of the hotel sector, leaving less room for share gains, Terry stated. Turning to specific stocks, the analyst expects Priceline to be hurt by the stronger dollar as well as increased competition from alternative lodging options. He anticipates that TripAdvisor's bottom line will be lowered by its efforts to convince hotels to join its Instant Booking program by granting them more favorable deal terms. Terry kept a Neutral rating on Expedia, but said that the stock could drop further, given the company's high exposure to large hotel chains, the competitive challenges it's facing, and integration risks from four major acquisitions it has made over the last two years. He cut his price target on Priceline to $1,200 from $1,500 and on TripAdvisor to $59 from $68. Terry has a $93 price target on Expedia. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Priceline fell 3.5% to $1,073, TripAdvisor lost 3.2% to $67.44, and Expedia declined 2.2% to $102.61.
10:00 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy downgrades include: BG Group (BRGYY) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Credit Suisse... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Citi... Bill Barrett (BBG) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Ladenburg... Brown & Brown (BRO) downgraded to Underweight at Morgan Stanley... Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BTIG... Canadian National (CNI) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... DreamWorks (DWA) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Topeka... FirstMerit (FMER) downgraded at RBC Capital... Gentex (GNTX) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Haverty Furniture (HVT) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Hercules Technology (HTGC) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Compass Point... Horizon Technology (HRZN) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at Raymond James... Installed Building downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Jarden (JAH) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citi... K+S (KPLUF) downgraded to Sell from Hold at Berenberg... La-Z-Boy (LZB) downgraded at BB&T... Legacy Reserves (LGCY) downgraded to Market Perform from Outperform at FBR Capital... Medivation (MDVN) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Canaccord... Merck (MRK) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Metaldyne Performance (MPG) downgraded to Neutral from Outperform at Baird... Pier 1 Imports (PIR) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... Priceline (PCLN) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Profire Energy (PFIE) downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Chardan... Regeneron (REGN) downgraded to Hold at Canaccord... Starwood (HOT) downgraded to Underperform from Outperform at CLSA... Swiss Re (SSREY) downgraded to Equal Weight from Overweight at Morgan Stanley... TSYS (TSS) downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at First Analysis... Talmer Bancorp (TLMR) downgraded to Sector Perform from Outperform at RBC Capital... TopBuild (BLD) downgraded to Sector Weight from Overweight at KeyBanc... TripAdvisor (TRIP) downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman... VMware (VMW) downgraded to Hold from Buy at Summit Research... W.R. Grace (GRA) downgraded to Buy from Conviction Buy at Goldman... WEC Energy (WEC) downgraded to Neutral from Conviction Buy at Goldman... Welltower (HCN) downgraded to Underperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... Yamana Gold (AUY) downgraded to Neutral from Overweight at JPMorgan.
09:32 EDTPCLNActive equity options trading on open
Active equity options trading on open: AAPL FB AMZN AAL BAC PCLN NFLX MRK GOOG
09:12 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Biogen (BIIB), up 5.6%... Hawaiian Holdings (HA), up 6.7%... Capital One (COF), up 1.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Capnia (CAPN), up 34.1% after entering into an exclusive distribution agreement with Bemes... Fate Therapeutics (FATE), up 18.6% after announcing that the FDA has cleared the company's investigational new drug application for ProTmune... Raptor Pharmaceutical (RPTP), up 12.1% after being upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citi... Aquinox (AQXP), up 5.6% after Baker Bros. buys 140,786 shares in the company... Sunedison (SUNE), up 7.4% after SunEdison and Greenlight Capital announced that they have mutually agreed to corporate governance initiatives... Citizens Financial Group (CFG), up 3% after it will be added to the S&P 500... Terex (TEX), up 5.2% after being upgraded to Neutral from Underweight at JPMorgan. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Tupperware Brands (TUP), down 11.4%... VMware (VMW), down 6.5%... Textron (TXT), down 9.9%... Cliffs Natural (CLF), down 5.8%... Boeing (BA), down 6.2%... Fiat Chrysler (FCAU), down 3%... Apple (AAPL), down 3.4%. ALSO LOWER: Priceline (PCLN), down 2.9% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman... Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), down 4.2% after being downgraded at Citi and KeyBanc... Tripadvisor (TRIP), down 5.5% after being downgraded to Sell from Neutral at Goldman.
06:02 EDTPCLNPriceline downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Goldman
Goldman Sachs analyst Heath Terry downgraded Priceline (PCLN) to Neutral saying the environment for online travel agents is becoming less favorable amid high occupancy and rising competition from alternative accommodation providers. Terry cut his price target for the shares to $1,200 from $1,500. He continues to believe Priceline is the best positioned in the space, however. The analyst this morning also downgraded TripAdvisor (TRIP) to Sell and kept a Neutral rating on Expedia (EXPE).
January 26, 2016
13:13 EDTPCLNYelp spike attributed to takeover speculation
An early afternoon spike in shares of Yelp (YELP) is being attributed to takeover speculation. A rumor has Priceline (PCLN) interested in a potential acquisition of Yelp, trading sources tell The Fly. Shares of Yelp are up 68c to $22.34 in early afternoon trading after earlier spiking as high as $22.87. The Fly, in fulfilling its mission of explaining stock movement, often comes across the many unconfirmed rumors being passed through trading desks and social media platforms. On the occasion that rumors or speculation appear on The Fly's news feed, it should be viewed not as giving credence to the conjecture, rather as simply highlighting its impact on the stock prices of the companies involved.
05:17 EDTPCLNPriceline implied volatility of 44 at upper end of index mean range
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