, Inc. Quarterly Earnings on Deck

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component, Inc. (NASDAQ:PCLN) will unveil its latest earnings on Thursday, August 4, 2011., Inc. is an online travel company that offers travel services, including hotel rooms, airline tickets, vacation packages, car rentals, cruises and destination services.

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Wall St. Earnings Expectations: The average estimate of analysts is for profit of $4.58 per share, a rise of 63% from the company’s actual earnings for the same quarter a year ago. During the past three months, the average estimate has moved up from $3.92. For the year, analysts are projecting net income of $19.06 per share, a rise of 55.6% from last year.

Past Earnings Performance: The company has beaten estimates the last four quarters and is coming off a quarter where it topped forecasts by 27 cents, reporting profit of $2.40 per share against a mean estimate of net income of $2.13 per share.

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Wall St. Revenue Expectations: On average, analysts predict $1.07 billion in revenue this quarter, a rise of 39.4% from the year ago quarter. Analysts are forecasting total revenue of $4.22 billion for the year, a rise of 37% from last year’s revenue of $3.08 billion.

Analyst Ratings: Analysts are bullish on this stock with 13 analysts rating it as a buy, none rating it as a sell and two rating it as a hold.

Key Stats:

The company has enjoyed double-digit year-over-year percentage revenue growth for the past four quarters. Over that span, the company has averaged growth of 34.4%, with the biggest boost coming in the most recent quarter when revenue rose 38.5% from the year earlier quarter.

The company has now been profitable for the last eight quarters, and for the last four, profit has risen year over year by an average of 52.2%. The quarter with the biggest boost was the most recent quarter, which saw a 94.5% surge.

Competitors to Watch: Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:OWW), Expedia, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE), Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO), Universal Travel Group (NYSE:UTA), Intl., Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP), Viad Corp (NYSE:VVI), Interval Leisure Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:IILG).

Stock Price Performance: During June 30, 2011 to August 3, 2011, the stock price had risen $4.96 (1%) from $511.93 to $516.89. The stock price saw one of its best stretches over the last year between June 24, 2011 and July 8, 2011 when shares rose for 10-straight days, rising 14.3% (+$69.18) over that span. It saw one of its worst periods between June 9, 2011 and June 16, 2011 when shares fell for six-straight days, falling 8.2% (-$41.46) over that span. Shares are up $117.72 (+29.46%) year to date.

(Source: Xignite Financials)

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