At StateoftheMarkets.com, we strive to “own the best and ignore the rest” in our equity portfolios. Toward this end, each day we search our database for a “top stock” (a top rated company in terms of earnings strength as well as company and industry performance) that presents a strong technical “set up” and a good entry point.
In short, when our equity team is looking to add a stock to one of our portfolios, the “bull’s eye” stock shown below is generally their first choice.
|Company||Symbol||Industry||Stock Rating||YTD% Gain||S.T.
|Expedia Inc||EXPE||Internet Retail||9.6||+0.77%||$61.89|
Why We Like The Stock:
Expedia Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) is our most compelling buy today due to the fact that it is a top rated stock (in terms of earnings strength and company/industry performance) that has been a steadily great performer since the beginning of 2012. While related companies like Priceline.com (NASDAQ:PCLN) and TripAdvisor (NASDAQ:TRIP) all had a woeful or at least concerning 2012, EXPE outperformed handily, and is firmly entrenched in a strong uptrend that has been making higher highs and higher lows since April 2012. Each new high is a new all-time high for the stock, which means there is no historical technical resistance. There is, however, some short term resistance at the latest high around $68 back in early February. Even so, this represents EXPE’s immediate short-term upside and is a +4.45% gain. We like EXPE at current prices for a short-term buy to $68 and an intermediate-term hold thereafter should it break above.
We Would Be Buyers:
At the current price (~$65.15), or on a pullback to ~62.80.
Expedia, Inc. provides travel agency services in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, France, Italy and the Netherlands via the Internet. The Company offers airplane, hotel and car reservations, trip cancellation waivers and numerous smaller vacation and business travel services. It offers travel planning tools that are designed to enable consumers to compare the travel offerings of multiple suppliers and make an informed decision as to which offering best suits their individual needs. In addition, it offers consumers access to a range of published and negotiated rate offerings.
Stock Rating: 9.6
The Stock Rating indicates the combined score of our proprietary Earning Strength and Company Performance models. The rating scale is 0 – 10 with 10 being the highest.
Expedia – Last Three Months
Expedia – Last 12 Months
Expedia – Last Five Years
At the time of publication the editor and affiliated companies own the following positions: EXPE
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