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January 13, 2014
06:16 EDTCTRP, QUNRCtrip.com price target lowered to $42 from $56 at Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray lowered its price target for Ctrip.com (CTRP) shares to $42 citing the "intensely" promotional and competitive Chinese travel environment. Piper notes shares are down 20% since competitor Qunar (QUNR) announced on January 3 that it has the number one mobile app for air-ticket booking. The firm keeps a Neutral rating on shares of Ctrip.
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July 31, 2015
12:25 EDTCTRPExpedia hits 52-week high after Q2 profit tops estimates
Shares of online travel company Expedia (EXPE) are rising after the company’s second quarter adjusted profit topped analysts’ consensus estimates and it reported strong gross bookings. WHAT'S NEW: After the close on Thursday, Expedia reported Q2 adjusted earnings per share of 89c, topping analysts' consensus estimates of 84c, on revenue of $1.66B, in line with the consensus projection. The company reported adjusted EPS, excluding eLong (LONG), of $1.02. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Expedia reported Q2 room night growth, excluding eLong, grew to 35% year-over-year, with domestic and international room nights growing 24% and 50%, respectively. It reported gross bookings and revenue, excluding eLong, increased 20% and 15%, respectively. Excluding the impact of foreign exchange, gross bookings increased 28%. In Q2, Expedia added nearly 27,000 properties to its global supply portfolio, which now stands at approximately 257,000. ANALYST REACTION: RBC Capital said this morning that Expedia's results were "surprisingly strong," given intra-quarter comments by the company. The firm raised its price target on the name to $140 from $130 and kept an Outperform rating on the shares. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Expedia rose $11, or about 10%, to $118.65 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Earlier in the session, the stock made a fresh 52-week high of $119. Including today’s advance, the shares have gained approximately 50% over the past year. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other online travel companies include Priceline Group (PCLN), which is up 2.3%, Travelzoo (TZOO), which is up 0.6%, Ctrip.com (CTRP), which is up 1.8% and Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) and Tripadvisor (TRIP), whose shares are flat.
July 30, 2015
11:33 EDTCTRPEarnings Watch: Expedia shares up 15.5% since Q1 report
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July 27, 2015
11:22 EDTQUNRAnalyst says Chinese Internet firms seeing 'healthy' consumer demand
Chinese Internet stocks are among the many classes of Chinese stocks traded in New York that are weak this morning, though research firm Pacific Crest wrote in a note to investors today that after traveling to China and conducting checks, the firm is more upbeat on e-commerce company 58.com (WUBA), online travel agency Qunar (QUNR) and online video company Youku Tudou (YOKU). WHAT'S NEW: After speaking with Chinese advertising and e-commerce companies, as well as with Chinese companies that are exposed to online services, Pacific Crest analyst Cheng Cheng believes that consumer demand for Internet products and services is "stable and healthy." The decline in the stocks of Chinese Internet companies has created buying opportunities, Cheng believes. He identified 58.com and Qunar as his favorite picks in the sector heading into second quarter results. Both stocks have declined about 20% over the last 1-2 months, but the core businesses of both companies are accelerating, the analyst stated. Specifically, most of 58.com's end markets "are showing strong or at least healthy underlying demand," while Qunar is poised to benefit from an acceleration of demand for its hotel rooms, the analyst believes. Meanwhile, Youku is benefiting from strong demand from advertisers, wrote Cheng, who kept Overweight ratings on 58.com and Qunar and maintained a Sector Weight rating on Youku. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Cheng added that he remains "positively biased" towards Baidu (BIDU) and Alibaba (BABA). Baidu is slated to report its second quarter results tonight. He kept Overweight ratings on both stocks. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, 58.com slid 4.6% to $62, Qunar retreated 5.7% to $40.65 and Youku fell 4.7% to $19.20 amid broad weakness in Chinese stocks trading in New York after China's home Shanghai composite index fell 8.5% overnight.
08:43 EDTQUNRChina Internet consumer demand stable, healthy, says Pacific Crest
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