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NEW YORK-- Shares of online travel companies soared Friday after both Priceline.com and TripAdvisor reported better-than-expected quarterly results. Priceline.com Inc.' s profit jumped 27 percent as customers made more travel bookings on its website.
With power still out and phone service sketchy after Hurricane Sandy, travelers are turning to the web in hopes of booking a New York room.
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Shares of TripAdvisor and Priceline.com jumped before the opening bell Friday after both surprised investors Thursday with better-than-expected third-quarter profit. Priceline.com Inc.' s profit grew 27 percent as customers made more travel bookings on its website.
Expedia Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi said Hurricane Sandy will hurt its results, though he couldn't estimate the total cost.
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Shares of online travel companies fell Friday after Travelzoo Inc. warned investors that its third-quarter profit would likely shrink 40 percent from the prior year. Online travel companies such as Travelzoo, Expedia Inc. and Priceline.com Inc. are in intense competition for customers, who remain somewhat cautious about their spending.
NEW YORK-- Travelzoo's stock dropped to the lowest level in more than two years on Friday as the online travel company predicted that its third-quarter profit would shrink about 40 percent from a year ago. Travelzoo faces tough competition from other online travel companies such as Expedia Inc. and Priceline.com Inc..
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