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Priceline Group Inc. (PCLN)

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  • May. 22, 2013, 11:07 AM
    AIG remains at the top Goldman's list of hedge fund hotels (the 50 stocks appearing most frequently among hedge fund top 10 holdings). Google (GOOG) retains its #2 position. Apple (APPL) - in the top spot for 3 years until February - remains at #3. Goldman notes the basket has outperformed the S&P a bit this year and the top 20 has done better by more than 1000 basis points. We smell an ETF offering. The rest of the top 20: C, GM, PCLN, VMED, NWSA, MSFT, HTZ, JPM, APC, PFE, QCOM, CHTR, HES, CBS, EBAY, DAL, EQIX.
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  • May. 20, 2013, 12:29 PM
    Priceline (PCLN +3%) is the "clear global winner" in the online travel agency space, writes Deutche's Ross Sandler, who is upgrading shares to Buy and raising his PT to $900. Sandler touts Priceline's "unique supply footprint, industry-high growth rates and margins, and over-exposure to ... international hotel bookings." He thinks margins (recently pressured by heavy search ad spend) will begin stabilizing in 2H, sees upside to consensus forecasts, and predicts earnings will "grow at a 20% CAGR over the next 3 years." Sandler is also raising his PTs for Expedia (EXPE unchanged) and TripAdvisor (TRIP +3.8%), while reiterating Buys.
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  • May. 10, 2013, 5:49 PM
    Though Priceline (PCLN +3.8%) rallied today in response to its Q1 report, acquisition target Kayak (KYAK -3.4%) slumped to $40.10. Priceline announced yesterday it has received "all necessary regulatory approvals" for the Kayak acquisition, and expects the deal to close on May 21. It looks as if investors are abandoning hope of an offer above the current $40/share (1/3 in cash, 2/3 in stock).
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  • May. 10, 2013, 2:21 PM
    "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)
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  • May. 10, 2013, 8:49 AM
    Shares of Priceline (PCLN) recover from a post-earnings dip and are now trading level in premarket action. A number of investment firms are out with positive comments and minor price target bumps which appear to be reversing sentiment after the company's revenue guidance came in below estimates. (earnings, conference call wrapup)
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  • May. 9, 2013, 6:25 PM
    Though lower-than-expected marketing spend (tied to Google search ads) allowed Priceline (PCLN) to beat Q4 EPS estimates, the company cautions on its CC not to view it as a trend. Online ad spend still rose 45% Y/Y in Q1, up from Q4's 41%, and equaled 31% of revenue (26% in Q4). Meanwhile, guidance for 15%-22% Q2 rev. growth is below a 23.3% consensus; Priceline says it continues to "see economic uncertainty," and that "competition in the online travel sector remains intense." International bookings (85% of total) +43% Y/Y in Q1, up from Q4's 40%. But growth is expected to slow a bit to 36%-43% in Q2. Hotels room nights +38%, rental car days +43%, air tickets +1%. PCLN -3.3% AH. EXPE just -0.3%.
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  • May. 9, 2013, 4:23 PM
    More on Priceline (PCLN): Total gross bookings rose 36.4% Y/Y in Q1 to improve over last quarter's pace of growth with international bookings strong again. Q2 EPS guidance of $8.87-$9.45 is below the consensus estimates of $9.58, but gross bookings are expected to increase 30% to 37% in Q2 to help revenue improve 15% to 22% during the period. PCLN -2.2% AH. (PR)
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  • May. 9, 2013, 4:09 PM
    Priceline (PCLN): Q1 EPS of $5.76 beats by $0.49. Revenue of $1.30B (+20% Y/Y) in-line. Shares -4.5% AH on news of disappointing guidance. (PR)
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  • May. 9, 2013, 12:10 AM
    Notable earnings after Thursday’s close: AGO, AIRM, AL, ALIM, ANAC, ASYS, AUQ, BCEI, BID, BPZ, CALL, CPE, DAR, EGY, ET, FTK, FXEN, GXP, KTOS, LLNW, MBI, MCP, MDRX, MDVN, NGVC, NVDA, OPTR, PANL, PCLN, PDLI, PSA, RNDY, SF, SLXP, SQNM, TNGO, UBNT, ZGNX
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  • May. 8, 2013, 5:35 PM
    Notable earnings after Thursday’s close: AGO, AIRM, AL, ALIM, ANAC, ASYS, AUQ, BCEI, BID, BPZ, CALL, CPE, DAR, EGY, ET, FTK, FXEN, GXP, KTOS, LLNW, MBI, MCP, MDRX, MDVN, NGVC, NVDA, OPTR, PANL, PCLN, PDLI, PSA, RNDY, SF, SLXP, SQNM, TNGO, UBNT, ZGNX
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  • Apr. 26, 2013, 3:00 PM
    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%.
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  • Apr. 25, 2013, 9:01 AM
    Google's (GOOG) concessions to the EU include a promise to "separate promoted links [for Google services] from other web search results by clear graphical features," as well as to "display links to three rival specialized search services," the EC states. Google is also promising to give sites the option to keep their content out of "specialized" engines such as Google News. Once the EC accepts the proposals, they become legally binding for 5 years. PCLN and EXPE will likely be pleased, given their heavy European exposure and search ad spend, and the competition they face from Google's Flight Search, which recently expanded to Europe. (previous)
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  • Apr. 13, 2013, 10:25 AM
    Priceline (PCLN) gets the Barron's treatment with a cover story arguing a profit squeeze is set to hit the highflier and its online travel site competitors, Expedia (EXPE) and Orbitz (OWW). One new source of competition is Google (GOOG), where search results now showcase prices, destination details, and even a "booking button."
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  • Apr. 10, 2013, 1:44 PM
    Online travel stocks are rallying with more investors jumping on board as both fundamental and technical factors for the sector start to look more promising. In the group, TripAdvisor (TRIP +2.6%) has the business model most leveraged to online advertising rates while Priceline (PCLN +2.8%) has been tagged as "best in breed." Growth opportunities in new markets is the headline story for sector stalwarts Expedia (EXPE +2.5%), Kayak (KYAK +1.3%), Orbitz Worldwide (OWW +8.4%), and Travelzoo (TZOO +2.5%).
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  • Mar. 21, 2013, 11:28 AM
    The outlook for online travel looks attractive for global companies, according to a new report from Morningstar. The read-through from the firm is that a "narrow moat" exists for Expedia (EXPE -0.7%), Priceline (PCLN +1%), and Orbitz (OWW -3.7%). Will one online travel player finally jump out on top in an industry called "anybody's game" by analysts?
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  • Mar. 19, 2013, 9:02 AM
    JMP launches coverage on the Internet sector with a bullish bias. Google (GOOG), Priceline (PCLN), AOL, eBay (EBAY), and Zillow (Z) have been started at Outperform, while Amazon (AMZN), Facebook (FB), and Expedia (EXPE) have been started at Market Perform. FB +0.8%. GOOG +0.5%. Z +1.3%. EBAY +1.5% with the help of Cantor's upgrade.
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Company Description
Priceline Group Inc is a provider of online travel and travel related reservation and search services. The Company offer consumers accommodation reservations through its Booking.com, priceline.com and agoda.com brands.
Sector: Services
Country: United States