News articles about The Priceline Group (NASDAQ:PCLN) have trended somewhat negative this week, Accern Sentiment reports. The research firm identifies positive and negative press coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real-time. Accern ranks coverage of publicly-traded companies on a scale of negative one to positive one, with scores closest to one being the most favorable. The Priceline Group earned a news impact score of 0.00 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave headlines about the business services provider an impact score of 46.2826333979375 out of 100, indicating that recent press coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an impact on the company’s share price in the next few days.

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

Shares of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ:PCLN) traded up $0.22 during trading hours on Friday, reaching $1,719.84. The company had a trading volume of 382,643 shares, compared to its average volume of 444,130. The Priceline Group has a 1 year low of $1,459.49 and a 1 year high of $2,067.99. The company has a market cap of $83,876.59, a P/E ratio of 23.10, a price-to-earnings-growth ratio of 1.36 and a beta of 1.40. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 0.68, a quick ratio of 2.52 and a current ratio of 2.52.

The Priceline Group (NASDAQ:PCLN) last posted its quarterly earnings results on Monday, November 6th. The business services provider reported $35.22 EPS for the quarter, beating the consensus estimate of $34.31 by $0.91. The firm had revenue of $4.43 billion during the quarter, compared to analysts’ expectations of $4.34 billion. The Priceline Group had a return on equity of 33.02% and a net margin of 29.20%. The company’s revenue for the quarter was up 20.1% on a year-over-year basis. During the same quarter in the prior year, the firm posted $29.69 EPS. research analysts predict that The Priceline Group will post 74.42 EPS for the current fiscal year.

Several research firms have recently issued reports on PCLN. MKM Partners downgraded The Priceline Group from a “buy” rating to a “neutral” rating and decreased their price target for the stock from $2,225.00 to $1,850.00 in a research note on Thursday. Argus downgraded The Priceline Group from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating and upped their price target for the stock from $1,459.49 to $1,739.71 in a research note on Friday, December 1st. They noted that the move was a valuation call. KeyCorp reiterated a “hold” rating on shares of The Priceline Group in a research note on Thursday, November 16th. Barclays reiterated an “overweight” rating on shares of The Priceline Group in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. Finally, UBS reiterated a “neutral” rating on shares of The Priceline Group in a research note on Tuesday, November 7th. One research analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, nine have assigned a hold rating, twenty-two have issued a buy rating and one has issued a strong buy rating to the stock. The Priceline Group has a consensus rating of “Buy” and an average price target of $2,002.06.

In other The Priceline Group news, Director Jan L. Docter sold 1,200 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 22nd. The stock was sold at an average price of $1,764.52, for a total value of $2,117,424.00. Following the completion of the transaction, the director now owns 142 shares of the company’s stock, valued at approximately $250,561.84. The transaction was disclosed in a legal filing with the SEC, which is available at this hyperlink. Also, CEO Gillian Tans sold 123 shares of the company’s stock in a transaction that occurred on Wednesday, November 15th. The shares were sold at an average price of $1,715.78, for a total value of $211,040.94. The disclosure for this sale can be found here. In the last ninety days, insiders sold 1,567 shares of company stock valued at $2,790,353. Insiders own 0.24% of the company’s stock.

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About The Priceline Group

The Priceline Group Inc is a provider of travel and restaurant online reservation and related services. The Company, through its online travel companies (OTCs), connects consumers wishing to make travel reservations with providers of travel services across the world. It offers consumers an array of accommodation reservations (including hotels, bed and breakfasts, hostels, apartments, vacation rentals and other properties) through its Booking.com, priceline.com and agoda.com brands.

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