"Priceline (PCLN +3.8%) is benefiting from stability in its core European market and continues...

|About: The Priceline Group Inc. (PCLN)|By:, SA News Editor

"Priceline (PCLN +3.8%) is benefiting from stability in its core European market and continues to gain share in global hotel bookings," writes Cantor, providing an upbeat take on the Q1 report that's echoed by many on the sell-side. Though not pleased with Priceline's light Q2 guidance, the firm sees it as understandable in light of macro, an early Easter, and ad spending needs. But Deutsche is worried margins are at risk thanks to ad spend, and a mix shift to lower-margin regions and paid channels (i.e. Google). Though Priceline is rallying, Expedia (EXPE +5.3%) and Travelzoo (TZOO +6.6%) are faring even better. (transcript) (previous)