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June 13, 2014
12:59 EDTGRUB, AWAY, OPEN, YELP, PCLNAnalyst sees Priceline expanding in more areas after OpenTable buy
After Priceline Group (PCLN) agreed to buy OpenTable (OPEN), which operates an online restaurant reservation network, research firm Piper Jaffray predicted that Priceline would probably expand into additional areas. WHAT'S NEW: Priceline can move into additional categories, including events, ride sharing, and attractions, Piper analyst Michael Olson wrote. The company's decision to buy OpenTable shows that it is poised to move into new business areas, Olson contended. As for the OpenTable deal, the analyst thinks that there are obvious synergies between online travel and online restaurant reservations, and that the two companies will be able to promote their respective offerings to each other's customers. Additionally, Priceline's expertise in overseas operations will enable OpenTable to expand to perform more effectively in that area, the analyst contended. He kept an Overweight rating and $1,485 price target on Priceline. OTHERS TO WATCH: Yelp (YELP) allows its users to review local businesses, including restaurants, and its platform provides local businesses with a range of services, including its newly launched reservation system. GrubHub (GRUB) is an online and mobile platform for restaurant pick-up and delivery orders that similarly connects local restaurants with diners. Shares of HomeAway (AWAY), which operates an online marketplace for the vacation rental industry, are also higher, with the move potentially related to investor belief that it could be targeted for an acquisition by one of the larger players in the space. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Priceline fell 2.4% to $1,196, while OpenTable soared 47% to $103.50.
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October 9, 2015
12:50 EDTYELPYelp January calls active
Yelp October 25 and January 26 calls are active on total call volume of 14,500 contracts (700 puts). October call option implied volatility is at 48, November is at 68, January is at 59; compared to its 52-week range of 38 to 81. Active call volume suggesting traders taking positions for price movement.
October 8, 2015
10:15 EDTYELP, GRUBGroupon retreats after analyst starts coverage with sell rating
The shares of Groupon (GRPN) after falling after research firm Cowen initiated coverage of the stock with an Underperform rating, the firm's equivalent to a sell, warning that the company's operating margins are "low and trending down." WHAT'S NEW: Groupon's margins are "steadily deteriorating" as the company has lowered the amount it charges retailers who participate in its Services deals, Cowen analyst Kevin Kopelman reported. Moreover, Groupon has begun subsidizing the discounts that Services merchants offer, the analyst said. Meanwhile, the coupon company's Shopping business carries much lower margins than its Services unit and its efforts to raise Shopping's margins have yielded "choppy" progress, according to Kopelman. The year-over-year growth of Groupon's active North America customer base dropped to 10% in Q2, from 18% in the second quarter of 2014, indicating that its core market has peaked, the analyst stated. Noting that Groupon has identified food delivery as its next growth catalyst, Kopelman warned that the space is "hyper-competitive." Yelp (YELP), Amazon (AMZN) and Uber have all announced plans to enter the sector, noted the analyst, who believes that it will be difficult for Groupon to generate return on investment in the space. Kopelman set a $2.75 price target on Groupon. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Grubhub (GRUB) is a key player in the Internet food delivery space. PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Groupon fell 3.7% to $3.68, while GrubHub lost 1% to $28.18.
October 6, 2015
14:39 EDTGRUBPelham Capital reports 5.2% stake in GrubHub, will continue talks
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06:23 EDTPCLNPriceline implied volatility of 34 at upper end of index mean range
05:51 EDTPCLNStocks with implied volatility movement; ODP PCLN
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October 4, 2015
13:54 EDTYELPGoogle, Facebook set to continue dominating web ads, Barron's says
Google (GOOG) and Facebook (FB) are likely to continue dominating online advertising, with Twitter (TWTR), Yahoo (YHOO), and LinkedIn (LNKD) increasingly becoming "distant rivals" as advertisers flock to the two biggest names in the space, Barron's contends in its 'Technology Trader' column. Shares of Google and Facebook "probably have decent upside from here," while the future of Angie's List (ANGI) and Yelp (YELP) looks "less certain," Barron's adds. Reference Link
October 1, 2015
09:12 EDTPCLNUBS internet and leisure analysts hold an analyst/industry conference call
Internet Analyst Sheridan and Leisure Analyst Farley, along with Max Starkov, the CEO of HeBS Digital, discuss the mechanics of instant booking on Google and TripAdvisor, the pros and cons of these programs from a hotelier's perspective and what impact Google and TripAdvisor's instant booking programs will have on Expedia and on an Analyst/Industry conference call to be held on October 1 at 10:30 am.
06:03 EDTAWAY, PCLNPriceline has best risk/reward in online travel, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Michael Olson says Priceline (PCLN) has the most favorable risk/reward in the online travel space given its "attractive" valuation and exposure to broad strength in Europe. Travel industry trends in Europe during Q3 indicate a solid quarter while U.S. trends showed mixed results, Olson tells investors in a research note. He believes the recent selloff in Priceline presents an attractive entry point. The analyst reiterates Overweight ratings on Priceline, HomeAway (AWAY) and TripAdvisor (TRIP). Olson keeps a Neutral rating on Expedia (EXPE) saying the valuation "appears full" compared to peers.
September 29, 2015
16:09 EDTGRUBPelham reports 5.2% passive stake in GrubHub
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07:22 EDTYELPIrvine experience at Blue Nile may benefit Yelp, says Brean Capital
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September 28, 2015
09:01 EDTYELPYelp appoints Diane Irvine as Chairperson of the Board effective immediately
Yelp announced the election of current board member, Diane Irvine, to the position of non-executive board chairperson, effective immediately. Irvine takes over from Max Levchin, who recently stepped down from Yelp's and other boards to dedicate more time to the company he founded and leads. Diane is also a board member of XO Group and Rightside Group.
07:20 EDTYELPYelp said to name Diane Irvine as chairwoman, USA Today reports
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07:10 EDTYELPBlue Calypso, Yelp agree to initial order of KIOSentrix Beacons
Blue Calypso (BCYP) announced that Yelp (YELP) has agreed to explore the use of KIOSentrix AC powered beacons in potential distribution to Yelp's retail customer base. Yelp has committed to an initial order of 4,000 KIOSentrix beacons. Additionally, Blue Calypso and Yelp have agreed to dismiss their pending lawsuit.

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