Qunar Cayman Islands Ltd

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    Earnings Report

    Can Ctrip Remain Profitable in 2016 and Beyond?

    The online travel market’s margins are expected to improve now that pricing stability has returned to the industry.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    What’s Priced into Qunar’s Valuation?

    Qunar (QUNR) is currently trading at a forward EV-to-sales multiple of 5.9x, which is lower than its average valuation of 8.5x since November 2013.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Qunar Is Going Private: How Does It Affect Investors?

    In June 2016, Qunar (QUNR) received an initial proposal from private equity firm Ocean Management.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Have Heavy Investments Led to High Debt for Qunar?

    Qunar (QUNR) has been investing heavily in order to drive business growth. However, this has resulted in operating losses.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Why Isn’t Qunar Profitable Yet?

    Analysts are estimating that Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR) will incur an EBITDA loss of $17 million in 3Q16 and $3 million in 4Q16.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Can Qunar Achieve Revenue Growth in 2016?

    For 3Q16, analysts are estimating Qunar’s (QUNR) revenue will fall 3% to $201 million.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    What Do Qunar’s Key Metrics Suggest about Future Growth Potential?

    Unlike other online travel industry majors like Priceline (PCLN), Expedia (EXPE), and Ctrip (CTRP), Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR) earns the highest revenue from flight reservations.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    What Are Analysts’ Recommendations for Qunar Stock?

    For 2016, analysts estimate Qunar’s sales will grow 9% to ~$6.9 billion compared to a 131% growth in 2015.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Qunar Stock Continues Losing Value in November

    Qunar stock has lost 31.9% year-to-date (or YTD). The stock has seen a significant downtrend in 2016 after a rise in 4Q15 due to a majority stake acquisition by Ctrip.com (CTRP).

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Consumer

    What Ctrip.com’s Increasing Leverage Means for Investors

    As discussed in the previous articles, Ctrip.com has tried to consolidate the Chinese online travel industry by acquiring majority stakes in its rivals.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Consumer

    These Segments Will Contribute the Most to Ctrip’s Future Growth

    At 39% in 2Q16, hotels formed a significant part of Ctrip’s revenue, much like other OTA (online travel agency) players.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Westpac MNI China Consumer Sentiment Ticked Down in July

    The Westpac MNI China CSI fell by 1.6% to 114. 0 in July from 115.9 in June as consumers were worried about their personal incomes due to weakness in the labor market.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s Prices Indexes Weaken in June: Here’s Why

    In June, China’s CPI edged down to 1.9% year-over-year (or YoY) from the 2.0% rise recorded the previous month.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Westpac MNI China’s Consumer Sentiment Picked Up

    The Westpac MNI China CSI rose 1.5% to 115.9 in June from 114.2 in May, which shows that increased policy support continues to trickle through to the real economy.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    How Did China’s CPI and PPI Move in May?

    In May, China’s CPI (or consumer price index) rose 2.0% year-over-year (or YoY), which was lower than the 2.3% rise recorded in the previous month.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Caused Westpac MNI Consumer Sentiment to Fall?

    The Westpac MNI China CSI fell 3.1% to 114.2 in May from 117.8 in April. All of the components of the headline indicator contributed to the fall.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Did China’s Consumer and Producer Prices Rise in April?

    In April, China’s food prices rose 7.4% YoY (year-over-year), while nonfood prices edged up 1.1%. Pork prices rose sharply by 33.5% YoY and accounted for 0.8% of CPI (consumer price index) growth.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why Westpac MNI China Consumer Sentiment Eased after Sharp Rise

    The Westpac MNI China Consumer Sentiment Indicator fell 0.3% to 117.8 in April after rising sharply in March.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Earnings Report

    Will China’s Booming Travel Industry Help Qunar’s Revenues?

    For 4Q15, Qunar’s (QUNR) revenues grew to $200 million, a 149% YoY growth compared to 4Q14 revenues of $174 million. Quarter-over-quarter, revenues were almost flat.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Why China’s CPI Data Were Stronger in February

    In February, China’s CPI (consumer price index) rose 2.5% YoY—the largest rise since July 2014. It was also higher than the 1.8% YoY rise in January.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Earnings Report

    How Will Qunar Benefit from the Ctrip.com Partnership?

    After a number of failed attempts and unsuccessful talks, Chinese online travel companies Ctrip.com (CTRP) and Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR) have reached a partnership agreement.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    What Do Key Metrics of Qunar Suggest About Its Future Growth Potential?

    Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR) earns the highest revenue from flight reservations compared to other online travel industry majors such as Priceline (PCLN), Expedia (EXPE), and Ctrip.com (CTRP).

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Analysts’ Mixed Recommendations for Qunar Cayman Islands

    Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR) is expected to report its fiscal 4Q15 earnings on March 21, 2016. Of the 12 analysts tracking Qunar, six analysts have a “buy” recommendation on the stock.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Westpac MNI Consumer Sentiment Hit Its Lowest since October 2015

    The Westpac MNI China CSI fell 3.1% to 111.3 in February from 114.9 in January as household finances and the outlook for spending deteriorated.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Earnings Report

    Why Is Ctrip Investing in Rival Online Travel Agency Companies?

    Ctrip.com (CTRP) has been busy trying to consolidate the Chinese online travel agency (or OTA) market by buying stakes in its potential and existing rivals.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    What Does Ctrip.com’s Increasing Leverage Mean for Investors?

    Heavy reinvestments in its business have increased CTRP’s debt burden. As a result, CTRP’s leverage ratios have also increased.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s PPI Data Continue to Point to a Deflationary Environment

    In December, China’s producer price index (or PPI) for manufactured goods fell 5.9% YoY, as manufacturers resorted to price-cutting due to weak demand.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    FHKAX Fell Due to the Chinese Economic Slowdown

    For the month ending on November 30, 2015, FHKAX fell by 2.0%. The Chinese economy experienced a slowdown due to sluggish global and local demand.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Analyzing Ctrip’s Valuation through 3 Key Multiples

    We’ll wrap up this series by discussing what companies you can compare to Ctrip and what multiples you can use to value Ctrip.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Gauging Chinese Tourism’s Important Role in Ctrip’s Growth

    Despite a slowing economy, the Chinese tourism sector seems to be blooming, recording growth in both demand and supply.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Should You Expect from the Ctrip-Qunar Deal?

    After a number of failed attempts and unsuccessful talks, Chinese online travel companies Ctrip International (CTRP) and Qunar Cayman Islands (QUNR) have reached an agreement.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Ctrip.com’s Different Approach Sets It Apart

    Ctrip.com International is a leading online travel service provider in the Chinese mainland. Since its inception in 1999, the company has grown to become one of the best-known travel brands.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    China’s PPI Data Indicate Continued Deflationary Pressure

    In October, China’s PPI for manufactured goods fell 5.9% YoY as manufacturers resorted to price-cutting due to weak demand.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Thai Baht Rose Due to Strong Economic Growth

    The Thai baht appreciated against the US dollar on November 16. Economic growth showed signs of a turnaround. The GDP rose at the fastest quarterly pace this year.

    By David Meyer
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    Consumer

    Valuation: Priceline Versus Its Peers

    As of November 6, 2015, Priceline’s forward PE ratio stood at 21.8x, and its average valuation stands at 20x.

    By Ally Schmidt
  • uploads///Chinas Consumer Price Index and Producer Price Index
    Macroeconomic Analysis

    What Do China’s CPI, PPI, and Debt Data Indicate?

    China’s consumer price index (or CPI) rose to 1.6% year-over-year in September, mainly due to higher food prices and not improvement in economic activity.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing China’s Leverage and Deleveraging Process

    “Leverage” means borrowing funds for investment purposes. It creates short-term and long-term debt cycles. Short-term debt cycles typically last for 5–8 years.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Westpac MNI Consumer Sentiment Indicator for China Up in September

    The Westpac MNI China Consumer Sentiment Indicator rose 1.5% to 118.2 in September—the highest level since May 2014—from 116.5 in August.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Thai Baht Falls to a 6-Year Low against the US Dollar

    The Thai baht weakened against the US dollar for the third continuous session on August 17, 2015, on lower-than-expected gross domestic data or GDP for the second quarter.

    By David Meyer
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Analyzing Risk-Adjusted Returns of Four China-Focused Mutual Funds

    Risk-adjusted returns is a concept that can be used to determine how much return an investment can provide with the given level of risk associated with it.

    By Lynn Noah
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    Consumer

    Why is Expedia focusing on growth in international markets?

    Expedia has been investing to expand its international footprint, as growth in its core U.S. market has slowed down.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Expedia’s trivago acquisition raises advertising revenue growth

    Officially launched in 2005, Expedia’s trivago is a known travel brand in Europe and continues to operate independently, and grow revenue via global expansion.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Consumer

    Online travel giant Expedia’s must-know overview for investors

    Expedia’s recent quarterly earnings beat Wall Street estimates, and it posted fiscal 2013 adjusted earnings of $3.22 per share on revenues of $4.8 billion.

    By Samantha Nielson
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