Press coverage about Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) has been trending somewhat positive this week, Accern Sentiment Analysis reports. The research group scores the sentiment of news coverage by analyzing more than 20 million blog and news sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to one, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Expedia earned a coverage optimism score of 0.10 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave news stories about the online travel company an impact score of 45.4217519192088 out of 100, indicating that recent news coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news headlines that may have effected Accern’s scoring:

Shares of Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) traded up $1.91 on Friday, reaching $123.95. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 2,489,291 shares, compared to its average volume of 4,401,977. The stock has a market capitalization of $18,871.63, a price-to-earnings ratio of 31.22, a P/E/G ratio of 1.93 and a beta of 0.90. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.60, a quick ratio of 0.72 and a current ratio of 0.72. Expedia has a 1-year low of $111.88 and a 1-year high of $161.00.

Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE) last issued its earnings results on Thursday, October 26th. The online travel company reported $2.51 earnings per share (EPS) for the quarter, missing the Thomson Reuters’ consensus estimate of $2.61 by ($0.10). The firm had revenue of $2.97 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $2.98 billion. Expedia had a return on equity of 10.71% and a net margin of 4.09%. The firm’s quarterly revenue was up 14.9% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period in the prior year, the company earned $2.41 EPS. equities research analysts anticipate that Expedia will post 3.91 EPS for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Thursday, December 7th. Shareholders of record on Thursday, November 16th will be paid a $0.30 dividend. This represents a $1.20 annualized dividend and a yield of 0.97%. The ex-dividend date of this dividend is Wednesday, November 15th. Expedia’s dividend payout ratio is currently 47.43%.

A number of research firms have recently commented on EXPE. BidaskClub cut Expedia from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 9th. Bank of America Corporation reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $178.00 target price (down from $187.00) on shares of Expedia in a research note on Tuesday, September 26th. Zacks Investment Research cut Expedia from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a research note on Wednesday, August 2nd. Needham & Company LLC reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $180.00 target price on shares of Expedia in a research note on Thursday, September 28th. Finally, UBS AG reiterated a “buy” rating and set a $170.00 target price (down from $178.00) on shares of Expedia in a research note on Friday, September 22nd. Nine analysts have rated the stock with a hold rating, twenty-three have issued a buy rating and one has assigned a strong buy rating to the stock. The stock has an average rating of “Buy” and an average target price of $159.61.

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In other Expedia news, Vice Chairman Victor Kaufman sold 119,575 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Tuesday, October 31st. The stock was sold at an average price of $123.67, for a total value of $14,787,840.25. Following the completion of the sale, the insider now owns 169,575 shares of the company’s stock, valued at $20,971,340.25. The sale was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which can be accessed through this link. Also, EVP Mark D. Okerstrom sold 12,500 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, August 24th. The stock was sold at an average price of $150.41, for a total value of $1,880,125.00. Following the completion of the sale, the executive vice president now directly owns 71,248 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $10,716,411.68. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 215,048 shares of company stock valued at $26,819,142. 20.88% of the stock is owned by insiders.

Expedia Company Profile

Expedia, Inc is an online travel company. The Company operates through four segments: Core Online Travel Agencies (Core OTA), trivago, Egencia and HomeAway. The Company’s Core OTA segment provides a range of travel and advertising services to its customers across the world, through a range of brands, including Expedia.com and Hotels.com in the United States, and localized Expedia and Hotels.com Websites throughout the world, Orbitz.com, Expedia Affiliate Network, Hotwire.com, Travelocity, Wotif Group, CarRentals.com and Classic Vacations.

Insider Buying and Selling by Quarter for Expedia (NASDAQ:EXPE)

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