Expedia Group (NASDAQ:EXPE) Getting Negative Media Coverage, Analysis Finds

News stories about Expedia Group (NASDAQ:EXPE) have trended negative this week, according to InfoTrie Sentiment Analysis. InfoTrie scores the sentiment of press coverage by analyzing more than 6,000 blog and news sources in real time. The firm ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative five to five, with scores closest to five being the most favorable. Expedia Group earned a media sentiment score of -2.20 on their scale. InfoTrie also gave media headlines about the online travel company an news buzz score of 0 out of 10, meaning that recent press coverage is extremely unlikely to have an impact on the stock’s share price in the immediate future.

Here are some of the news stories that may have impacted Expedia Group’s ranking:

EXPE has been the topic of several recent research reports. SunTrust Banks dropped their price objective on shares of Expedia Group to $172.00 and set a “buy” rating on the stock in a report on Thursday. BidaskClub downgraded shares of Expedia Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a report on Tuesday, October 29th. Standpoint Research assumed coverage on shares of Expedia Group in a report on Tuesday, July 16th. They issued a “buy” rating and a $180.00 price objective on the stock. UBS Group reissued a “buy” rating and set a $142.00 price target (down from $156.00) on shares of Expedia Group in a report on Thursday. Finally, JMP Securities downgraded shares of Expedia Group from an “outperform” rating to a “market perform” rating in a report on Friday. Nineteen research analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating and eleven have issued a buy rating to the company. The company currently has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $144.52.

EXPE traded up $3.03 during midday trading on Friday, hitting $101.32. 10,007,700 shares of the company traded hands, compared to its average volume of 1,732,978. Expedia Group has a 52-week low of $97.05 and a 52-week high of $144.00. The business has a 50 day simple moving average of $133.97 and a two-hundred day simple moving average of $129.36. The company has a current ratio of 0.76, a quick ratio of 0.76 and a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.71. The company has a market capitalization of $20.20 billion, a price-to-earnings ratio of 21.06, a PEG ratio of 1.68 and a beta of 1.09.

Expedia Group (NASDAQ:EXPE) last issued its quarterly earnings results on Wednesday, November 6th. The online travel company reported $3.38 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing analysts’ consensus estimates of $3.56 by ($0.18). Expedia Group had a return on equity of 14.20% and a net margin of 5.36%. The firm had revenue of $3.37 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $3.57 billion. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm earned $3.65 EPS. The firm’s revenue was up 2.8% compared to the same quarter last year. Equities research analysts anticipate that Expedia Group will post 5.72 earnings per share for the current year.

The company also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 12th. Investors of record on Tuesday, November 19th will be paid a $0.34 dividend. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Monday, November 18th. This represents a $1.36 dividend on an annualized basis and a yield of 1.34%. Expedia Group’s dividend payout ratio is currently 28.27%.

In other Expedia Group news, Director Dara Khosrowshahi sold 50,000 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, September 26th. The shares were sold at an average price of $132.69, for a total transaction of $6,634,500.00. Following the sale, the director now owns 477,677 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $63,382,961.13. The transaction was disclosed in a filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through the SEC website. Also, insider Lance A. Soliday sold 2,724 shares of the firm’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, August 27th. The stock was sold at an average price of $127.93, for a total transaction of $348,481.32. Following the sale, the insider now directly owns 8,009 shares in the company, valued at approximately $1,024,591.37. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. Insiders sold 111,946 shares of company stock valued at $14,878,704 in the last quarter. 2.10% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Expedia Group Company Profile

Expedia Group, Inc, together with its subsidiaries, operates as an online travel company in the United States and internationally. It operates through Core OTA, Trivago, HomeAway, and Egencia segments. The company facilitates the booking of hotel rooms, alternative accommodations, airline seats, car rentals, and destination services from its travel suppliers; and acts as an agent in the transactions.

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