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February 21, 2014
11:29 EDTEXPE, OWW, PCLNpriceline.com advances after results beat expectations
Shares of online travel agency priceline.com (PCLN) are climbing after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results last night. WHAT'S NEW: priceline.com's Q4 earnings per share and revenue both exceeded analysts' consensus estimates. However, the online travel agency provided first quarter EPS guidance of $6.35-$6.85, versus the consensus estimate of $7.19. It predicted that its revenue would jump about 15%-25% in Q1 versus the same period a year earlier. The company said that it would expand its ad campaign for its Booking.com website to additional markets and launch similar campaigns for other websites. The later start of Easter this year versus last year will hurt priceline.com's Q1 margins, the company stated. The company said it intends to increase its investments in personnel, offices and IT this quarter as it prepares for the peak travel season. ANALYST REACTION: Many research firms reacted to priceline.com's results and guidance by raising their price targets on the shares. Pacific Crest hiked its price target on the stock to $1,580 from $1,220, Benchmark Co. increased its target to $1,550 from $1,200, and Deutsche Bank raised its price target to $1,425 from $1,240. Pacific Crest kept an Outperform rating on the stock, while Deutsche Bank and Benchmark kept Buy ratings on the shares. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other online travel agencies include Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) and Expedia (EXPE). PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Priceline.com gained $47, or 3.7%, to about $1,330.
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February 19, 2015
09:12 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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07:17 EDTEXPEMaxim to hold a bus tour
Internet/Tech Bus Tour travels throughout Seattle, Washington to various with various industry companies on February 19.
07:15 EDTPCLNPriceline up 6% to $1,190 after earnings beat, new $3B buyback authorized
07:07 EDTPCLNPriceline sees Q1 EPS $7.20-$7.75, consensus $8.52
Sees Q1 revenue up 4%-11%, consensus $1.86B. year-over-year increase in total gross travel bookings of approximately 2% - 9%, or an increase of approximately 14% - 21% on a local currency basis.
07:06 EDTPCLNPriceline authorizes additional $3B in share buybacks
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07:04 EDTPCLNPriceline reports Q4 adjusted EPS $10.85, consensus $10.10
Reports Q revenue $1.84B, consensus $1.8B. Reports Q4 gross travel bookings, which refers to the total dollar value, generally inclusive of all taxes and fees, of all travel services purchased by its customers, were $10.7B, an increase of 17% over a year ago, or approximately 23% on a local currency basis.
06:52 EDTPCLNPriceline plans to acquire Rocketmiles for $20M, WSJ says
Priceline's venture unit plans to buy hotel booker Rocketmiles for roughly $20M, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the matter. The Journal notes that the deal may entice Priceline customers to book hotels through the Priceline network rather than individual hotel sites. Reference Link
05:34 EDTEXPEStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; EXPE BBRY
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February 18, 2015
15:38 EDTPCLNPriceline technical comments ahead of earnings
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15:35 EDTPCLNNotable companies reporting before tomorrow's open
Notable companies reporting before tomorrow's market open, with earnings consensus, include Wal-Mart (WMT), consensus $1.54... Priceline (PCLN), consensus $10.10... DIRECTV (DTV), consensus $1.40... Noble Energy (NBL), consensus 35c... Host Hotels & Resorts (HST), consensus 39c... Hormel Foods (HRL), consensus 64c... Discovery Communications (DISCA), consensus 41c... SCANA (SCG), consensus 73c... Quanta Services (PWR), consensus 51c... Patterson (PDCO), consensus 59c... Denbury Resources (DNR), consensus 23c... T-Mobile (TMUS), consensus 5c... Linn Energy (LINE), consensus 6c... Linn Co (LNCO), consensus 39c... Bloomin' Brands (BLMN), consensus 27c... Huntington Ingalls (HII), consensus $1.98.
13:36 EDTPCLNPriceline February volatility increases into Q4 and outlook
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February 17, 2015
05:23 EDTEXPEExpedia increases stake in AirAsia-Expedia JV for $86.3M
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February 15, 2015
16:04 EDTOWW, EXPEAirline trade group expresses concern on Orbitz, Expedia deal, Reuters says
The trade group Airlines for America expressed its concern for the tentative merger of Expedia (EXPE) and Orbitz Worldwide (OWW) saying it could do harm to the travel business but hinted that it would not actively lobby against the deal, says Reuters. Reference Link
February 13, 2015
17:05 EDTPCLNAppaloosa gives quarterly update on stakes
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12:58 EDTOWWOrbitz downgraded to Neutral from Buy at UBS
UBS downgraded Orbitz (OWW) to Neutral following its deal to be acquired by Expedia (EXPE).
10:00 EDTOWWOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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10:00 EDTOWWOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
Today's noteworthy upgrades include: Ametek (AME) upgraded to Outperform at RW Baird... Ascena Retail (ASNA) upgraded to Buy from Hold at KeyBanc... Cabela's (CAB) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at DA Davidson... CoreSite Realty (COR) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... Cytokinetics (CYTK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at Piper Jaffray... DTS, Inc. (DTSI) upgraded to Outperform at Cowen... Dr Pepper Snapple (DPS) upgraded to Market Perform from Underperform at Wells Fargo... Elizabeth Arden (RDEN) upgraded to Outperform from Market Perform at BMO Capital... EnLink Midstream (ENLC) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Wunderlich... GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) upgraded to Buy from Sell at UBS... Great-West Lifeco (GWLIF) upgraded to Buy from Hold at TD Securities... Himax (HIMX) upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Chardan... Mallinckrodt (MNK) upgraded to Overweight from Neutral at JPMorgan... Medical Properties upgraded to Outperform from Sector Perform at RBC Capital... Microchip (MCHP) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... Orbitz (OWW) upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman... Plains GP Holdings (PAGP) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens... SanDisk (SNDK) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Drexel Hamilton... SkyWest (SKYW) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank... Stage Stores (SSI) upgraded at Sterne Agee... Tractor Supply (TSCO) upgraded to Buy from Hold at Argus... Valero (VLO) upgraded to Conviction Buy from Neutral at Goldman... Watsco (WSO) upgraded to Overweight from Equal Weight at Stephens.
07:24 EDTOWWOrbitz downgraded to Perform from Outperform at Oppenheimer
Oppenheimer downgraded Orbitz to Perform following the company's merger agreement with Expedia. It raised its price target for shares to $12 from $9.50.
05:31 EDTOWW, EXPEOrbitz upgraded to Neutral from Sell at Goldman
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05:06 EDTEXPEStocks with implied volatility movement; AXP EXPE
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