Expedia (EXPE) Getting Somewhat Positive News Coverage, Analysis Shows

Headlines about Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) have been trending somewhat positive this week, according to Accern Sentiment. The research firm identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Expedia earned a daily sentiment score of 0.07 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news coverage about the online travel company an impact score of 44.6466172758591 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the next few days.

Here are some of the news articles that may have effected Accern’s rankings:

Several brokerages have recently issued reports on EXPE. Zacks Investment Research cut shares of Expedia from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a research report on Monday, September 11th. Cowen set a $135.00 price target on shares of Expedia and gave the stock a “buy” rating in a research report on Sunday, October 29th. Royal Bank Of Canada reissued an “outperform” rating and set a $175.00 price target on shares of Expedia in a research report on Thursday, September 7th. BidaskClub raised shares of Expedia from a “hold” rating to a “buy” rating in a research report on Friday, August 25th. Finally, UBS reissued a “buy” rating and set a $170.00 price target (down previously from $178.00) on shares of Expedia in a research report on Friday, September 22nd. One investment analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, eleven have given a hold rating, nineteen have assigned a buy rating and one has given a strong buy rating to the company’s stock. The company has an average rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $159.44.

Shares of Expedia (NASDAQ EXPE) traded down $1.67 on Friday, hitting $117.54. 2,861,892 shares of the stock were exchanged, compared to its average volume of 2,275,194. The company has a current ratio of 0.72, a quick ratio of 0.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60. The stock has a market capitalization of $18,149.96, a price-to-earnings ratio of 30.03, a PEG ratio of 1.86 and a beta of 0.89. Expedia has a twelve month low of $111.88 and a twelve month high of $161.00.

Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) last announced its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The online travel company reported $2.51 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $2.61 by ($0.10). The business had revenue of $2.97 billion for the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.98 billion. Expedia had a return on equity of 10.71% and a net margin of 4.09%. The business’s revenue was up 14.9% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter last year, the business posted $2.41 earnings per share. analysts expect that Expedia will post 3.91 earnings per share for the current fiscal year.

The firm also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, December 7th. Stockholders of record on Thursday, November 16th were given a dividend of $0.30 per share. The ex-dividend date was Wednesday, November 15th. This represents a $1.20 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 1.02%. Expedia’s dividend payout ratio (DPR) is presently 47.43%.

In other news, Director Dara Khosrowshahi sold 10,590 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, November 9th. The shares were sold at an average price of $117.58, for a total transaction of $1,245,172.20. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 422,348 shares in the company, valued at $49,659,677.84. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is accessible through this hyperlink. Also, Vice Chairman Victor Kaufman sold 119,575 shares of Expedia stock in a transaction on Tuesday, October 31st. The shares were sold at an average price of $123.67, for a total transaction of $14,787,840.25. Following the completion of the transaction, the insider now owns 169,575 shares in the company, valued at $20,971,340.25. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Over the last 90 days, insiders have sold 352,548 shares of company stock worth $43,689,017. Insiders own 20.95% of the company’s stock.

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About Expedia

Expedia, Inc is an online travel company. The Company operates through four segments: Core Online Travel Agencies (Core OTA), trivago, Egencia and HomeAway. The Company’s Core OTA segment provides a range of travel and advertising services to its customers across the world, through a range of brands, including Expedia.com and Hotels.com in the United States, and localized Expedia and Hotels.com Websites throughout the world, Orbitz.com, Expedia Affiliate Network, Hotwire.com, Travelocity, Wotif Group, CarRentals.com and Classic Vacations.

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