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February 5, 2013
12:44 EDTEXPEEarnings Preview: Analysts expect Expedia to have strong Q4 results
Expedia (EXPE) is expected to report Q4 earnings after the market close on Tuesday, February 5 with a conference call scheduled for 5:00 pm ET. Expedia is an Internet-based travel website that offers airplane, hotel and car reservations, and other vacation and business travel services... EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for EPS of 65c on revenue of $930.69M. The consensus range is 56c-77c for EPS, and $891.98M-$985.45M for revenue, according to First Call... LAST QUARTER: Expedia reported Q3 EPS $1.32 against estimates of $1.26 on revenue of $1.2B against estimates of $1.17B. Room nights grew 27% year-over-year. Adjusted EBITDA increased 6% year-over-year... STREET RESEARCH AND NEWS: Following Expedia's Q3 results, the company was upgraded at Raymond James, Benchman Co. and Lazard Capital. The analyst firms cited strong numbers from Q3 international bookings, higher than expected gross bookings and market share gains. Ahead of Q4 earnings, Cantor said it expects Expedia to report solid Q4 numbers considering hotel trends remained relatively unchanged and there was a limited hit from Hurricane Sandy in Q4. Cantor added that the company's paid clicks grew at a strong pace in the fall and should add to solid Q4 results... PRICE ACTION: Expedia shares have gained almost 30% since the first day of trading following the company's Q3 report. In Tuesday midday trading ahead of its Q4 report, Expedia shares are trading up almost 2%.
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February 4, 2016
06:14 EDTEXPETripAdvisor 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 27, 2016
10:20 EDTEXPEGoldman 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.
06:02 EDTEXPEPriceline 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 25, 2016
10:00 EDTEXPEOn The Fly: Analyst Initiation Summary
Today's noteworthy initiations include: 8x8, Inc. (EGHT) initiated with a Buy at Summit Research... ARI Network (ARIS) initiated with an Outperform at Barrington... Alcobra (ADHD) initiated with an Outperform at Oppenheimer... CNO Financial (CNO) initiated with a Hold at Deutsche Bank... Expedia (EXPE) initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo... Gartner (IT) initiated with an Overweight at Atlantic Equities... MAG Silver (MVG) initiated with a Buy at Roth Capital... Mitek Systems (MITK) initiated with an Outperform at Northland... Priceline (PCLN) initiated with a Market Perform at Wells Fargo... QTS Realty Trust (QTS) initiated with a Buy at SunTrust... Seres Therapeutics (MCRB) initiated with a Buy at H.C. Wainwright.
08:08 EDTEXPEExpedia initiated with an Outperform at Wells Fargo
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