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July 10, 2014
07:57 EDTPCLN, EXPEPriceline property count suggests Q2 upside, says FBR Capital
FBR Capital said its latest property count for Booking.com shows strong Q2 growth and points to potential earnings upside for Priceline (PCLN). The firm says count is up 57% year-over-year and ahead of its estimate, suggesting potential Q2 earnings of $12.25-$12.45 versus the consensus of $12.02. It questions whether the magnitude of the upside will be enough to lift shares, however. FBR keeps an Outperform rating on shares of Priceline with a $1,500 price target.
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July 6, 2015
10:34 EDTPCLNAnalysts differ on Yelp after company said to halt sale process
The shares of Yelp (YELP) have fallen in each of the last two sessions after Bloomberg reported that its CEO had decided not to sell the company at this time. Two research firms were upbeat on the stock after the pullback, but Piper Jaffray's well-known analyst, Gene Munster, was cautious on the stock's near-term outlook. WHAT'S NEW: Last Thursday afternoon, Bloomberg reported that Yelp's CEO and founder Jeremy Stoppelman had decided not to sell the company in the near-term. Stoppelman's decision came after Goldman Sachs, which had been hired by Yelp to find potential buyers of the company, identified several interested suitors, the news service stated. BULLISH TAKE: Yelp's stock is significantly undervalued and investors should buy the shares, wrote Brean Capital analyst Tom Forte in a note to investors today. Noting that Bloomberg reported multiple potential suitors for Yelp had been found, Forte contended that many Alibaba (BABA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG), Groupon (GRPN), Microsoft (MSFT), Priceline (PCLN), Rakuten, and Yahoo! (YHOO) are all potential acquirers. Moreover, Stoppelman and Yelp's other board members probably decided not to sell Yelp because they believe that it is worth more than the stock indicates, according to Forte, who added that this stance indicates that the company's business has held up well recently. He kept a $58 price target and Buy rating on Yelp. Similarly, SunTrust analyst Robert Peck believes that many companies could still look to buy Yelp. Moreover, the company's valuation is "paltry" versus its peers, while Stoppelman's willingness to consider selling the company should support the stock, the analyst stated. Although Yelp is facing some challenges, its valuation already implies that consensus 2016 estimates for the company will drop by 10%-20%, according to Peck, who kept a Buy rating on the shares. BEARISH TAKE: In the wake of Bloomberg's report, Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said he believes investors will conclude that Yelp was unable to sell itself. Additionally, comScore data for June indicates that Yelp's unique user metrics for the quarter will be disappointing, the analyst stated. However, he predicted that the company's user growth would reaccelerate in the fall, causing investor sentiment to rebound. Although Munster is upbeat on Yelp's long-term outlook, he cut his price target on the name to $40 from $46 and kept a Neutral rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Yelp fell 1.4% to $37.65. That follows the 10% decline the stock suffered on Thursday in its last day of trading prior to the long holiday weekend.
09:02 EDTPCLNPriceline and Hotel Urbano announce strategic partnership
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06:03 EDTPCLNBrean recommends buying shares of Yelp after selloff
Brean Capital analyst Tom Forte believes shares of Yelp are worth "a lot more than current levels" with or without a company sale. He recommends buying the name after Bloomberg reported Thursday that the company had called off its sale process. He points out the article noted that Yelp had multiple interested buyers. Forte's list of potential buyers for Yelp include Alibaba (BABA), Amazon.com (AMZN), Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG), Groupon (GRPN), Microsoft (MSFT), Priceline (PCLN), Rakuten, and Yahoo! (YHOO). Yelp operates the largest crowd-sourced local business directory globally, the analyst tells investors this morning in a research note. Forte keeps a Buy rating on the stock with a $58 price target. Shares closed Thursday down $4.23 to $38.20.
July 1, 2015
14:50 EDTPCLNPriceline, OnStar partner on hotel booking service for drivers
OnStar, a wholly owned subsidiary of GM (GM), and priceline.com, a part of The Priceline Group (PCLN), have partnered to offer drivers the service of booking hotels while traveling. OnStar Guidance plan subscribers in the U.S. and Canada can now secure a stay via OnStar's new AtYourService feature. Advisors can verbally provide information on hotel availability, cost, amenities and ratings and then book a hotel reservation for the subscriber through priceline.com and download those directions to the vehicle's navigation system.
10:28 EDTEXPEOptions with increasing implied volatility
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07:47 EDTEXPEExpedia waiving certain clauses in deals with European hotel partners
The Expedia group announced that it intends to waive certain clauses in its agreements with its European hotel partners.A number of European competition authorities are currently investigating rate, conditions and availability parity clauses in certain online travel agency agreements with hotels. Expedia has worked closely and constructively with these authorities and the European Commission and today announced that it is waiving its rate, conditions and availability parity clauses with its hotel partners for a period of five years in line with Clauses 1.1, 1.2 and 2.1 of the formal commitments offered by Booking.com and accepted by the national competition authorities in France, Italy and Sweden in April 2015. The changes announced today apply to all hotel properties in Europe and affect consumers booking via Expedia’s sites worldwide. Expedia’s waivers will become effective as of August 1 and Expedia will contact its hotel partners in Europe individually to communicate this announcement and how it intends to implement the changes announced today.While Expedia maintains that its current rate, conditions and availability parity clauses are lawful and in compliance with competition law, Expedia considers that today’s announcement is a positive step towards facilitating the closure of the open investigations into such clauses on a harmonised pan-European basis.
June 30, 2015
11:07 EDTEXPE, PCLNPriceline rises after analysts highlight positive travel trends
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08:05 EDTPCLNPriceline July volatility increases as shares pullback
Priceline July weekly call option implied volatility is at 27, July is at 25, August is at 29; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 39, suggesting large near term price movement.
07:41 EDTPCLN, EXPEOnline travel trends point to solid Q2, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson said analysis of travel industry trends through May point to a "solid" second quarter for online travel, noting his belief that Priceline (PCLN) has the most favorable risk/reward in the space given the stock's underperformance so far this year. In addition to an Overweight rating on Priceline, Olson keeps an Overweight on HomeAway (AWAY) and TripAdvisor (TRIP), but has a Neutral rating on Expedia (EXPE), citing its relative valuation.
07:07 EDTPCLNPriceline checks positive, says Cantor
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June 25, 2015
07:12 EDTEXPEExpedia Q2 trends positive, says Cantor
After conducting checks, Cantor says that hotel rates in Europe and the U.S. are improving, while Internet metrics look favorable for Expedia. The firm keeps a $120 price target and Buy rating on the stock.

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