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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.
News For PCLN From The Last 14 Days
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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.
June 30, 2015
11:07 EDTPCLNPriceline 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 EDTPCLNOnline 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 22, 2015
10:46 EDTPCLNAirbnb to hurt Priceline more than Expedia, Deutsche Bank says
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10:00 EDTPCLNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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07:19 EDTPCLNExpedia upgraded to Buy from Hold at Deutsche Bank
Deutsche Bank upgraded Expedia (EXPE) to Buy citing an improving core business and cost synergies from acquisitions. The firm sees a path for Expedia to reach $200 per share over the next five year. It raised its price target for the stock to $130 from $95. Deutsche coupled the upgrade with a downgrade of Priceline (PCLN).
07:17 EDTPCLNPriceline downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
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06:42 EDTPCLNPriceline downgraded to Hold from Buy at Deutsche Bank
June 19, 2015
18:12 EDTPCLNS&P announces changes to S&P 100, 400, 500, and 600 indices
S&P Dow Jones Indices will make the following changes to the S&P 100, S&P 500, S&P MidCap 400 and S&P SmallCap 600 indices: S&P 500 constituent The Priceline Group (PCLN) will replace Baxter International (BAX) in the S&P 100, Baxalta (BXLT) will replace QEP Resources (QEP) in the S&P 500, QEP Resources will replace Itron (ITRI) in the S&P MidCap 400, and Itron will replace Arch Coal (ACI) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. Baxter International is spinning off Baxalta in a transaction expected to be completed on that date. Baxter International will remain in the S&P 500 following the distribution, but its post spin market capitalization will no longer make it appropriate for the S&P 100. QEP Resources, Itron and Arch Coal are all ranked near or at the bottom of their current indices. Skechers USA (SKX) will replace Rock-Tenn Co. (RKT) in the S&P MidCap 400, and MiMedx Group (MDXG) will replace Skechers USA in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Tuesday, June 30. S&P 500 constituent MeadWestvaco Corp. (MWV) is combining with Rock-Tenn in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date. The combined company will remain in the S&P 500 and will change its name to WestRock Co. HealthEquity (HQY) will replace Zep Inc. (ZEP) in the S&P SmallCap 600 after the close of trading on Thursday, June 25. Private equity firm New Mountain Capital is acquiring Zep in a transaction expected to be completed on or about that date pending final approvals.
17:19 EDTPCLNPriceline to replace Baxter in S&P 100 as of 6/30 close
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