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July 6, 2014
20:26 EDTEXPEExpedia buys Australia's Wotif Group for A$703M
Expedia announced that it entered into an agreement to acquire Wotif.com Holdings Limited, an Australian-based online travel company, for total cash consideration of A$703M or A$3.30 per share - a premium of approximately 30% to Wotif Group's volume weighted average share price for the five trading days leading up to and including July 4, equivalent to US$658M or $3.09 per share based on July 4 exchange rates. Wotif Group operates online travel brands in the Asia-Pacific region including, Wotif.com, lastminute.com.au, travel.com.au, Asia Web Direct, LateStays.com, GoDo.com.au and Arnold Travel Technology. Wotif Group recorded A$593M in gross bookings and A$76M in revenue, in addition to generating 3.2M room nights, during the six months ended December 31, 2013. Its multi-product portfolio focuses primarily on hotel and air, offering consumers more than 29,000 bookable properties in destinations around the world. The completion of the acquisition is subject to approval by the shareholders of Wotif.com Holdings Limited and other customary closing conditions, including applicable regulatory approvals. Subject to receipt of such approvals, the transaction is expected to close during Q414.
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February 11, 2016
12:27 EDTEXPEOn The Fly: Top stock stories at midday
U.S. stocks are having another awful session as markets around the world continue to slide. The culprits are many: the prospects of slower global growth, the diminished power of central banks to prop up the markets, lower oil prices, renewed concern over the European banking system and the deleterious effect of negative interest rates are all being pointed to as contributors. Adding another dagger to the Dow is the slide in Boeing (BA), which is down nearly 10% following a report that the SEC is looking into its accounting practices. The Dow is leading the market lower with losses of about 2%, but the Nasdaq and S&P are sharply lower as well. ECONOMIC EVENTS: In the U.S., initial jobless claims dropped to 269,000 last week, versus expectations for 280,000 first-time claims. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen is back on Capitol Hill this morning, this time in front of the Senate after giving testimony yesterday to members of the House of Representatives. In her testimony yesterday, Yellen said she was not certain whether she had the legal authority to cut rates into negative territory. However, other central banks around the world have recently been doing just that, with Sweden's Riksbank the latest. Sweden's central bank surprised analysts by cutting its main repo rate to minus 0.5% from minus 0.35%. In Asia, Hong Kong markets re-opened after being closed in the first three days of the week for the New Year holiday and closed deeply in the red, catching up with recent global stock weakness. COMPANY NEWS: Shares of Cisco (CSCO) advanced 9% after the company beat expectations for both sales and earnings, raised its dividend by 24% and approved a $15B increase to its stock repurchase program. The stock was virtually the only bright spot for the Dow, which saw almost every other bluechip member slide, led by laggard Boeing after Bloomberg said the SEC may investigate its accounting and projections for its 787 Dreamliner and the 747 programs... The shares of Twitter (TWTR) are falling and hit a new 52-week low earlier in the session after the company reported that its user base was flat last quarter. Research firm Pacific Crest responded to the news by downgrading the stock, with analyst Evan Wilson saying the stock may fall to as low as $11 per share as the "hope trade" ends... Tesla (TSLA) unexpectedly reported sharp losses for its fourth quarter, but its stock rallied 7% after the electric carmaker also projected that it will deliver 80,000-90,000 vehicles in 2016. MAJOR MOVERS: Among the noteworthy gainers was Expedia (EXPE), which rallied 10% following the company's Q4 earnings report. Also higher were j2 Global (JCOM) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), which gained 16% and 17.5%, respectively, after reporting quarterly earnings. Among the notable losers was Mylan (MYL), which fell 18% after it reported quarterly earnings and announced it would buy Meda Aktiebolag for $9.9B. Also lower were Incyte (INCY), which fell 18.5% after the company reported earnings and said it was discontinuing studies of ruxolitinib for pancreatic cancer. Avon Products (AVP) and Monster Worldwide (MWW), slid 14% and 31%, respectively, after their own quarterly reports. INDEXES: Near midday, the Dow was down 351.43, or 2.21%, to 15,563.31, the Nasdaq was down 54.49, or 1.27%, to 4,229.10, and the S&P 500 was down 33.49, or 1.81%, to 1,818.37.
09:36 EDTEXPEActive equity options trading on open
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09:21 EDTEXPEOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: Expedia (EXPE), up 8.4%... Tripadvisor (TRIP), up 10.8%... Cisco (CSCO), up 6%... LendingClub (LC), up 8.8%... Tesla (TSLA), up 3.5%... Shire (SHPG), up 3.1%. ALSO HIGHER: 3D Systems (DDD), up 13.4% after reporting preliminary Q4 revenue. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Flowers Foods (FLO), down 17.7%... Incyte (INCY), down 14.3%... LivePerson (LPSN), down 16.7%... Twitter (TWTR), down 5.5%... Mylan (MYL), down 12.5%... PepsiCo (PEP), down marginally. ALSO LOWER: Visa (V), down 3% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill... Mastercard (MA), down 3% after being downgraded to Neutral from Buy at BofA/Merrill.
07:24 EDTEXPEExpedia should be bought aggressively on weakness, says RBC Capital
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February 10, 2016
19:33 EDTEXPEOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
UP AFTER EARNINGS: HubSpot (HUBS), up 12%... CSRA (CSRA), up 12%... Expedia (EXPE), up 11.5%... Tesla (TSLA), up 9.6%... Hortonworks (HDP), up 8.6%... Skechers (SKX), up 8.8%... Cisco Systems (CSCO), up 7.3%... Centurylink (CTL), up 8.4%... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), up 5.2%... Kinross Gold (KGC), up 3.7%... Whole Foods Market (WFM), up 2.5%. ALSO HIGHER: Tripadvisor (TRIP) is up 7.1% and Priceline (PCLN) is up 4.5% after Expedia reported its quarterly results. DOWN AFTER EARNINGS: Pilgrim's Pride (PPC), down 10.9%... Cornerstone OnDemand (CSOD), down 3.6%... Mylan (MYL), down 9.4% after reporting quarterly results and announcing that it will acquire Meda Aktiebolag for $9.9B... Zynga (ZNGA), down 8.9%... iRobot (IRBT), down 6.4%... Prudential (PRU), down 1%... Twitter (TWTR), down 3%... Pioneer Natural (PXD), down 2.4%. ALSO LOWER: Franco-Nevada (FNV), down 4.9% after 11.5M share Spot Secondary priced at $47.85... Continental Resources (CLR), down 2.4% after reporting proved reserves of 1.23B Boe at Dec. 31, 2015.
17:04 EDTEXPEExpedia reverses in after-hours trade, now up 15% to $108.00
17:01 EDTEXPEExpedia sees FY16 EBITDA growth of 35%-40% y/y
Guidance from Q4 earnings conference call.
16:40 EDTEXPEExpedia reports Q4 gross bookings up 40% y/y
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16:10 EDTEXPEExpedia down over 5% following Q4 results
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16:08 EDTEXPEExpedia drops sharply on earnings miss
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16:06 EDTEXPEExpedia reports Q4 gross bookings up 40% y/y
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16:05 EDTEXPEExpedia reports Q4 adjusted EPS 77c, consensus $1.00
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15:11 EDTEXPEExpedia February weekly 95.5 straddle priced for 10% movement into Q4
14:32 EDTEXPENotable companies reporting after market close
Notable companies reporting after the market close, with earnings consensus, include Cisco (CSCO), consensus 54c... Tesla (TSLA), consensus 8c... Twitter (TWTR), consensus 12c... Whole Foods (WFM), consensus 40c... Mylan (MYL), consensus $1.27... Expedia (EXPE), consensus $1.00... Prudential Financial (PRU), consensus $2.30... O'Reilly Automotive (ORLY), consensus $2.08... Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), consensus (30c)... Skechers (SKX), consensus 20c... Zynga (ZNGA), consensus 0c.
12:02 EDTEXPEEarnings Watch: Expedia shares down 26% over last three months
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February 9, 2016
14:00 EDTEXPEExpedia volatility elevated into Q4 and outlook
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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.

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