Trade-Ideas LLC identified

Priceline Group

(

PCLN

) as a new lifetime high candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Priceline Group as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • PCLN has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $857.4 million.
  • PCLN has traded 40,083 shares today.
  • PCLN is trading at a new lifetime high.

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More details on PCLN:

The Priceline Group Inc. provides online travel and travel related reservation and search services. PCLN has a PE ratio of 31. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Priceline Group a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Recommends

The average volume for Priceline Group has been 662,200 shares per day over the past 30 days. Priceline Group has a market cap of $71.1 billion and is part of the services sector and diversified services industry. The stock has a beta of 1.41 and a short float of 2.9% with 2.52 days to cover. Shares are up 23.2% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com

Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings

rates Priceline Group as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, notable return on equity, expanding profit margins and good cash flow from operations. We feel its strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth significantly trails the industry average of 46.3%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues slightly increased by 7.4%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is somewhat low, currently at 0.63, and is less than that of the industry average, implying that there has been a relatively successful effort in the management of debt levels. To add to this, PCLN has a quick ratio of 2.11, which demonstrates the ability of the company to cover short-term liquidity needs.
  • The return on equity has improved slightly when compared to the same quarter one year prior. This can be construed as a modest strength in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet & Catalog Retail industry and the overall market, PRICELINE GROUP INC's return on equity significantly exceeds that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for PRICELINE GROUP INC is currently very high, coming in at 91.78%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Along with this, the net profit margin of 22.67% significantly outperformed against the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has slightly increased to $702.38 million or 1.79% when compared to the same quarter last year. Despite an increase in cash flow of 1.79%, PRICELINE GROUP INC is still growing at a significantly lower rate than the industry average of 53.27%.

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