Online travel stocks take a beating, with Expedia (EXPE -4.2%), Priceline.com (PCLN -1.9%,...

|By:, SA News Editor

Online travel stocks take a beating, with Expedia (EXPE -4.2%), Priceline.com (PCLN -1.9%, Orbitz Worldwide (OWW -8.7%), and Tripadvisor (TRIP -4.4%) all underperforming market indexes. Though shares of Ctrip.com (CTRP +8.1%) are downright giddy following a pair of analyst upgrades, the broader theme from the analyst coverage paints a picture of intense competition and shrinking margins in the sector.