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Moving Forward: Mark Okerstrom Is Expedia’s New CEO

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Analysts’ Recommendations for Expedia

Analysts’ views

Not many analysts have changed their ratings on Expedia after the CEO change. However, there were many upgrades after the company’s second quarter earnings.

Analysts&#8217; Recommendations for Expedia

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Jefferies raised its rating to “buy” from “hold.” Jefferies increased its target price from $140 to $180. Barclays raised its target price from $140 to $165. UBS raised its target price from $155 to $178, while Wells Fargo raised its target price from $160 to $180. Benchmark raised its target price from $165 to $182. Credit Suisse raised its price target from $162 to $175 with an “outperform” rating. Moffett Nathanson cut its target price from $180 to $175 and maintained its “buy” rating. RBC raised its target price from $160 to $175. J.P. Morgan raised its target price from $149 to $160.

Analysts’ ratings

According to Bloomberg’s consensus, out of the 31 analysts tracking Expedia (EXPE), 22.6% (seven analysts) have a “strong buy” recommendation on the stock, 58.1% (18 analysts) have a “buy” recommendation, and 19.4% (six analysts) have a “hold” recommendation. None of the analysts have a “sell” rating on the stock.

Target price

Expedia’s consensus 12-month target price of $176 is higher than the previous consensus of $154.9. The current target price indicates an 18.7% return potential based on the closing price of $148.3 on September 1. The stock has the lowest target price of $154 and the highest target price of $190.

Priceline (PCLN) has a 12-month target price of $2,100.7, which indicates a return potential of 14.1%. Ctrip.com (CTRP) has a 12-month target price of $60.2, which indicates a return potential of 19.8%. TripAdvisor (TRIP) has a 12-month target price of $39.8, which indicates a return potential of -8.0%.

Investors can gain exposure to Expedia by investing in the PowerShares DWA Consumer Cyclicals Momentum Portfolio (PEZ), which holds 3.2% of its portfolio in Expedia.

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