News stories about Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern reports. The research group identifies positive and negative press coverage by reviewing more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. Expedia earned a news impact score of 0.17 on Accern’s scale. Accern also assigned headlines about the online travel company an impact score of 45.010602259753 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the headlines that may have effected Accern Sentiment’s rankings:

Shares of Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) traded down $0.84 on Monday, reaching $130.92. 206,424 shares of the company’s stock traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,835,021. The firm has a market cap of $20,060.72, a PE ratio of 51.96, a P/E/G ratio of 1.80 and a beta of 0.89. Expedia has a 12 month low of $115.55 and a 12 month high of $161.00. The company has a quick ratio of 0.72, a current ratio of 0.72 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60.

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

A number of research analysts have issued reports on the stock. Cowen set a $135.00 price target on shares of Expedia and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research note on Sunday, October 29th. Zacks Investment Research raised shares of Expedia from a “sell” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Wednesday, November 1st. Bank of America raised shares of Expedia from a “neutral” rating to a “buy” rating in a report on Wednesday, January 3rd. BidaskClub raised shares of Expedia from a “strong sell” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Friday, January 5th. Finally, Barclays reduced their target price on shares of Expedia from $170.00 to $155.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a research report on Friday, October 27th. Eight research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and twenty-three have given a buy rating to the company. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and a consensus target price of $158.62.

In other Expedia news, Director Dara Khosrowshahi sold 150,000 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated Wednesday, November 22nd. The shares were sold at an average price of $125.00, for a total value of $18,750,000.00. Following the transaction, the director now directly owns 522,348 shares in the company, valued at approximately $65,293,500. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available through the SEC website. Also, Vice Chairman Victor Kaufman sold 119,575 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction dated 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. Insiders sold a total of 354,949 shares of company stock worth $43,978,025 over the last quarter. Insiders own 20.88% of the company’s stock.

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Expedia Company Profile

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.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE)

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