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August 8, 2014
11:44 EDTPCLNEarnings Preview: Analysts expect Priceline to exceed Q2 expectations
Online travel company Priceline (PCLN) is scheduled to report second quarter earnings before the market open on Monday, August 11, with a conference call scheduled for 7:30 am ET. The company offers room reservations at nearly 300,000 hotels worldwide. EXPECTATIONS: Analysts are looking for earnings per share of $12.04 on revenue of $2.15B, according to First Call. The consensus range for EPS is $11.62-$12.93 on revenue of $2.09B-$2.42B. LAST QUARTER: Priceline reported first quarter EPS of $7.81 against estimates for $6.92 on revenue of $1.64B against estimates for $1.63B. The company gave Q2 guidance of $11.22-$12.02 and Q2 revenue growth of 19%-29%. It also expected Q2 to increase in total gross travel bookings of 22%-32%. NEWS AND STREET RESEARCH: The company announced in June that it agrees to acquire OpenTable for $103 per share, or $2.6B, and expects the deal to be slightly accretive to FY14 EPS. It sees plenty of room to grow OpenTable to justify the price it paid, adding that OpenTable's payment solution definitely factored in their purchase. Following the purchase, Piper Jaffray said the company will continue to extend into more related categories and believes the merger is synergistic in multiple ways. JMP Securities adds that the acquisition is "highly strategic". FBR Capital said Priceline's latest property count for Booking.com show strong Q2 growth and points to potential earnings upside. Piper Jaffray also said that industry data points to strong Q2 for online travel names, with Priceline specifically with the potential for upside. Ahead of earnings, JMP Securities said Priceline's Q2 results should surpass expectations boosted by a healthy global travel market. PRICE ACTION: Over the last three months, Priceline shares are up about 15%. In afternoon trading on Friday, shares were down 0.9% to $1,273.69.
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April 30, 2015
11:25 EDTPCLNPriceline.com May weekly volatility elevated into Q1 and outlook
Priceline.com May weekly call option implied volatility is at 49, May is at 35, June is at 28, July is at 26; compared to its 26-week average of 32 according to Track Data, suggesting larger near term price movement into the expected release of Q1 results on May 7.
April 22, 2015
07:08 EDTPCLNPriceline Apple launches Apple Watch travel applications
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April 21, 2015
07:39 EDTPCLNBooking.com supports decisions by National Competition Authorities in Europe
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April 20, 2015
05:22 EDTPCLNBooking.com launches first booking travel app for Apple Watch
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