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UPDATE - Barclays Downgraded Expedia (EXPE) to Underweight; Three Reasons To Keep It Moving

May 1, 2012 2:20 PM EDT Send to a Friend
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Price: $72.32 -0.22%

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    11 Buy, 25 Hold, 0 Sell

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    Up: 20 | Down: 10 | New: 7
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UPDATE - Barclays downgraded Expedia (NASDAQ: EXPE) to Underweight, maintains price target of $34.00.

Analyst, Anthony DiClemente, said, "On the heels of a 31% rise in EXPE since 1Q12 earnings (vs SPX -0.1%), we are downgrading to 3-Underweight. While we came out of 1Q12 incrementally positive and maintain our $34 price target, we would avoid EXPE at present based on: 1) Pricing - overly optimistic on new platform; 2) Buybacks - 20M share program looks too aggressive considering cash on hand; and 3) Valuation - trading at 8x 2012 guided EBITDA with FX headwinds coming in Q2."

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