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February 21, 2014
11:29 EDTEXPE, OWW, advances after results beat expectations
Shares of online travel agency (PCLN) are climbing after the company reported stronger than expected fourth quarter results last night. WHAT'S NEW:'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 website to additional markets and launch similar campaigns for other websites. The later start of Easter this year versus last year will hurt'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'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, gained $47, or 3.7%, to about $1,330.
News For PCLN;OWW;EXPE From The Last 14 Days
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October 6, 2015
07:24 EDTEXPEbloomberg to hold a summit
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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 5, 2015
07:19 EDTEXPEOpen Mobile Media to hold a summit
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October 1, 2015
09:12 EDTEXPE, PCLNUBS 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 EDTEXPE, 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.

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