Expedia Q3 trends encouraging, says FBR Capital FBR Capital believes that Q3 U.S. trends indicate that Expedia (EXPE) continues to generate healthy growth. The firm thinks that the company's room night growth and domestic ticket volume growth have accelerated slightly from June levels. FBR expects Expedia to benefit from a change in TripAdvisor's (TRIP) meta path. It keeps an Outperform rating on Expedia.
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ACCC cites competition concerns about Expedia proposed acquisition of Wotif The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released a Statement of Issues outlining competition issues that have arisen to date from the ACCC’s review of the proposed acquisition of Wotif.com Holdings by Expedia. The ACCC is exploring whether the removal of Wotif from the Australian market has the potential to increase the rate of commissions charged to hotels and other accommodation providers in Australia. The ACCC’s preliminary view is that bricks and mortar travel agents are unlikely to be a strong constraint on the operations of OTAs and therefore do not form part of the relevant market. “The ACCC is seeking further information to determine whether the proposed acquisition is likely to substantially lessen competition in the market for the online distribution of Australian accommodation,” ACCC Chairman Rod Sims said. Reference Link