The seemingly endless string of acquisitions in the online travel industry (OTA) will soon be one deal longer. Priceline Group (NASDAQ:PCLN) announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire European peer Momondo Group for $550 million in cash.
Momondo Group, headquartered in the U.K. and Denmark, operates the momondo travel portal, which offers hotel booking, flights, and car rentals — similar to Priceline. It also runs the popular Cheapflights.com website.
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In its press release trumpeting the acquisition, Priceline quoted its CEO Steve Hafner as saying, “Momondo and Cheapflights have built great products serving loyal users across Europe. We’re looking forward to learning from them and sharing best practices as our brands expand globally.”
The acquisition is subject to approval from the relevant regulators. Priceline expects it to close by the end of this year. Once Momondo Group is absorbed into Priceline, it will become a component of the company’s Kayak brand.
best stocks to invest now: MGM Resorts International(MGM)
- [By Ben Levisohn]
MGM Resorts International (MGM) always had two things going for it: It’s large Las Vegas footprint to counter the weakness in Macau, and it’s real-estate, which it spun off into MGM Growth Properties (MGP). But when MGM reported weaker than expected earnings this morning, it wasn’t a good sign that Las Vegas was disappointing. Wells Fargo’sCameron McKnight explains:
Q4 Las Vegas EBITDA of $365mm was 10% ($40MM) below the Street. Las Vegas 4Q RevPAR growth of +3% was in-line with guidance, but below our expectations and industry data. For the 1Q17, MGM provided RevPAR guidance of 7%, a point or two below our expectations. We estimate revenue growth per visitor was +1.5% yr/yr. RevPOR (other revenue per occupied room) growth was +1.5%. We estimate expenses were +1% yr/yr. We expect the stock to be trade down on this morning’s release. While forward guidance was tepid, MGM missed Las Vegas expectations.
Shares of MGM Resorts International have tumbled 7.3% to $27.45 at 11:37 a.m. today, while MGM Resorts Properties has declined 0.3% to $25.58.
- [By Jon C. Ogg]
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is also a top pick for the first quarter, and Merrill Lynch’s price objective of $33.00 was versus a recent price of $28.50. The consensus analyst target price is a tad higher at $33.86.
- [By Wayne Duggan]
According to Deutsche Bank analyst Carlo Santarelli, news that Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) may be selling its Sands Bethlehem resort to MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) could be a win-win-win for Sands, MGM and MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP).
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Wynn wasn’t the only Macau casino operator that took it on the chin today. Las Vegas Sands (LVS) tumbled 13% to $54.67, while Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL) plunged 14% to $16.87, and MGM Resorts International (MGM) dropped 4.3% to $28.65.
best stocks to invest now: OSI Systems, Inc.(OSIS)
- [By Jim Robertson]
Small cap homeland security and screening stocks like FLIR Systems (NASDAQ: FLIR), OSI Systems (NASDAQ: OSIS),Varex Imaging Corp (NASDAQ: VREX) and Patriot One Technologies (OTCQB: PTOTF) stand to benefit fromTrumps focus on border andinternal security in general. Heres what you need to know about all four:
- [By Bryan Murphy]
Look out OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIS), and step aside American Science & Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASEI). You may be the key names in weapons detection and security screening right now, but an up-and-comer called Patriot One Technologies Inc. (CVE:PAT, OTCMKTS:PTOTF) is about to unleash a rival product that turns heads, and steals your customers.
Weapons detection tools in a world that’s always got terrorism threats lurking around every corner are no laughing matter, though were it any other subject, the results would be laughable. See, as advanced as the x-ray and screening products made by American Science & Engineering and OSI Systems may be, they just don’t work well enough.
Case in point: A recent internal investigation performed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found that undercover investigators were able to smuggle fake explosives and weapons through checkpoints in 95% of trials, which they conducted at dozens of America’s busiest airports. What’s the point?
For the past several years Patriot One Technologies has been working on a technology, called the CMR1000, that changes everything.
The CMR1000 (‘CMR’ is an short for Cognitive Microwave Radar) is an amazing device. It works not unlike a X-ray machine at an airport, but also not unlike a more conventional metal detector you might find at an airport or at the entryway to a building. In all regards though, it’s better than both. By using high-frequency microwaves that are harmless to humans, the CMR1000 can even pinpoint exactly what kind of metallic weapon it is… a semi-automatic pistol versus a revolver, or a machete versus a pocket knife. Most important, the CMR1000 boasts a (very) high detection-accuracy rate of 93%.
And it’s almost ready… ready enough to officially unveil this April at the ISC West (International Security Conference) in Las Vegas, and immediately begin taking orders for initial deliveries around the middle of
- [By Bryan Murphy]
If shareholders of OSI Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSIS) and American Science & Engineering, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASEI) — makers of weapons detection systems — are getting a little nervous, that’s understandable. Never has either company’s share of the market been so threatened. Indeed, an up-and-coming company called Patriot One Technologies Inc. (CVE:PAT, OTCMKTS:PTOTF) fired another volley at American Science & Engineering and OSI Systems, announcing yet-another institution had asked for a real-life demonstration (on their premises) of the brand-new kind of anti-terrorism technology that Patriot One’s been developing for years.
The CMR1000 (‘CMR’ is an short for Cognitive Microwave Radar) is nothing less than incredible. It works not unlike a X-ray machine at an airport, but also not unlike a more conventional metal detector you might find at an airport or at the entryway to a building. In all regards though, it’s better than both. By using high-frequency microwaves that are harmless to humans, the CMR1000 can even pinpoint exactly what kind of metallic weapon it is… a semi-automatic pistol versus a revolver, or a machete versus a pocket knife.
This capability overcomes the key shortcoming of most threat-detection apparatus in use today…
… which doesn’t work very well, by the way. A recent internal investigation performed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) found that undercover investigators were able to smuggle fake explosives and weapons through checkpoints in 95% of trials, which they conducted at dozens of America’s busiest airports.
Patriot One Technologies is mostly excited about the launch of the CMR1000, however, because it’s not a mere threat-detection tool. Word will quickly spread that it’s a threat-deterrent tool; the easiest way combat violent action is not letting it happen in the first place, and the best way to do that to accurately find and accurately identify what the threat is, right down to
best stocks to invest now: Ring Energy, Inc.(REI)
- [By Monica Gerson]
Ring Energy Inc (NYSE: REI) is projected to post a quarterly loss at $0.05 per share on revenue of $7.92 million.
Gain Capital Holdings Inc (NYSE: GCAP) is estimated to post its quarterly earnings at $0.07 per share on revenue of $100.39 million.
best stocks to invest now: Seadrill Limited(SDRL)
- [By Paul Ausick]
Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) dropped about 61% Tuesday to post a new 52-week low of $0.65 after closing at $1.67 on Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.21. Volume was more than 5 times the daily average of around 14 million shares. The offshore drilling company warned this morning that it faces “substantial ” losses as bankruptcy proceedings loom.
- [By Chris Lange]
Seadrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) will to share its latest quarterly earnings on Tuesday. The consensus estimates call for $0.22 in EPS and $721.81 million in revenue. Shares were at $2.35 in Friday trading, in a 52-week range of $1.57 to $7.49. The consensus price target is $1.96.
- [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]
Shares of Seadrill (SDRL) were gaining by 12.46% to 91 cents in pre-market trading on Tuesday morning, after the offshore drilling contract provider said its subsidiary, North Atlantic Drilling, has secured a new 10 year contract.
- [By Paul Ausick]
SeaDrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) dropped about 19% Tuesday, to post a new 52-week low of $1.02 after closing at $1.26 on Monday. The stock’s 52-week high is $5.50. Volume was nearly double the daily average of around 14 million shares. The offshore drilling company had no specific news.
- [By Paul Ausick]
SeaDrill Ltd. (NYSE: SDRL) dropped about 27.5% on Friday to record a new 52-week low of $1.21 against a high of $7.49. The stock closed at $1.67 on Thursday. Volume was more than double the daily average of around 14 million shares. The company had no specific news Friday.
- [By Jason Hall]
Shares of a number of offshore drilling stocks are up big on Friday following the announcement of Q4 earnings fromNoble Corporation Ordinary Shares (NYSE:NE). Noble’s shares are leading the way today, up over 12% as of 2:50 p.m. EST, butSeadrill Ltd(NYSE:SDRL) stock is also up more than 10%, whileENSCO PLC(NYSE:ESV) andDiamond Offshore Drilling Inc(NYSE:DO) are both up around 5%: