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Priceline (PCLN -1.8%) is off in sympathy with Expedia (EXPE -9.1%), after the latter provides...
Priceline (PCLN -1.8%) is off in sympathy with Expedia (EXPE -9.1%), after the latter provides downbeat earnings call remarks about Hotwire (previous), and lowers its 2013 adjusted EBITDA forecast (exc. trivago) by $20M-$30M. Expedia claims Hotwire, which (like Priceline) offers opaque travel inventory at a discount, is affected by a tough domestic car rental market, improving hotel occupancy rates (leads to higher prices), and tougher competition from Priceline, which recently launched its Express Deals hotel service. Expedia's gross bookings rose 16% Y/Y in Q1, down from Q4 and Q3's 19%; hotel room nights rose 28%, and air tickets 9%.