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4/30/12New Trade: Long Travelzoo ($TZOO) & Short Yahoo ($YHOO) (Intelligent Speculator)

It's been a solid couple of weeks here for the stock picks. Things have been going well and that has helped our average trade get back to very solid levels. That being said, today's trade was not as easy to find. I did send out some thoughts to the Tech Stocks Newsletter members just this [...]

4/12/12Closing Trade ($TZOO, $NILE) (Intelligent Speculator)

Today, I am able to close a new trade, the one opened just 3 days ago when I went long Travekzoo (TZOO) and short Blue Nile (NILE). Why so quickly? Because Travelzoo is apparently putting itself for sale, which resulted in the stock rising nearly 30% today. Lucky? Maybe.. Who knows. But after being crushed [...]

4/11/12Travelzoo Looks to Sell Itself (Benzinga)

It was revealed on Wednesday that Travelzoo (NASDAQ: TZOO), is seeking to sell itself. The internet company which provides travel deals on flights, hotels, vacation packages and cruises, has stated that it is going through a "quiet period", and it is now in the process of looking for a financial advisor. TZOO declined to comment when contacted by Benzinga, so it appears that they weren't kidding when they referred to a quiet period. Still, the market value of the company is a cool 336.1...

4/9/12New Trade: Long Travelzoo ($TZOO) & Short Blue Nile ($NILE) – Battle Of Falling Knives? (Intelligent Speculator)

It's been a solid couple of weeks here for the stock picks. Despite being unable to close out new ones, my average long&short tech stock trade now averages well over 5% giving an annualized return over 50% so far this year. It doesn't quite matchup to last year's return but it's still good enough for personal satisfaction. [...]

4/6/12Deeper Look Into Travelzoo (TZOO) (Intelligent Speculator)

I've written a bit about the online travel industry in the past and have traded a few of those names with Priceline (PCLN) being a personal favorite. That being said, I've also disclosed how much I like Tripadvisor (TRIP). Today, I wanted to take a deeper look at Travelzoo (TZOO) which has a fairly unique [...]

2/6/12New Trade: Long Travelzoo (TZOO) & Short IAC Interactive (IACI) (Intelligent Speculator)

The year started off amazingly well as 3 of the 4 first trades that I opened closed out early, all making significant profits but since then, things have calmed down quite a bit. I did update the stock picks results page and hopefully I can keep seeing more early exits but these results are more [...]

9/11/11Travelzoo Shares Rise on Takeover Interest (Penny Stock DD)

Shares of Travelzoo (TZOO) climbed Friday morning after a small investment company revealed intentions to possibly take it private through a “tactical tender offer.” The company, called ChaPaVe, proposed buying up to 1.5 million outstanding Travelzoo shares for $40 each. It encouraged other big investors to buy the remaining shares of Travelzoo, as [...]

8/19/11Announcement of Class Action Suit Against Travelzoo (Phil’s Stock World)

Courtesy of Benzinga. Dyer & Berens today announced that a class action lawsuit has been filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on behalf of all persons who purchased or otherwise acquired the securities of Travelzoo [...]

8/2/11New Stock Pick: Long Travelzoo (TZOO) And Short Demand Media (DMD) (Intelligent Speculator)

With only 1 month of stock picking left for me in 2011 (read about my reasons here), I am trying to get the most out of what is left and today's stock pick will be a surprising one for some of you. I usually do not trade recently turned companies because of the time required [...]

7/21/11Travelzoo Heads To Woodshed After Earnings Miss (TZOO, CTRP, EXPE, PCLN, MMYT, OWW) (

Shares of online travel deals firm Travelzoo Inc (TZOO) are plunging 29% on heavy volume after the company reported a second-quarter profit that came in well below Wall Street estimates. The company said it earned 30 cents a share in the quarter, but analysts were expecting a profit of 39 cents a share. Travelzoo's profit [...]

7/21/11Negative Movers: Poor Earnings Crush High Flying Online Travel Company (QPSA, ABC, SABA, SWKS, TZOO) (

The markets are trading higher on Thursday. The move higher may be attributed to the Philadelphia Fed's Business Outlook rebounding from -7.7 in June to 3.2 in July. Today's Negative tickerspy Indexes Social Networking Stocks (down 5.3% vs S&P 500): Shares of Quepasa (QPSA) are leading the Index lower today. Traders may be taking profits after the [...]

7/21/11Travelzoo (TZOO) Crushed on Earnings Miss (Fund my Mutual Fund)

An ugly morning for Travelzoo (TZOO) longs as the earnings report did not make investors happy.  I try to avoid any momo names on earnings for this reason, even if it means missing a big move upward post earnings.  Waking up to a -22% loss is not a great way to start a morning. That said, the rise in Travelzoo has been so spectacular, this drop to $67 has only taken the stock back at the beginning of the month.  (while nicely filling that gap) Expectations were for $39M in revenue,...

7/11/11New Trade: Long Travelzoo (TZOO) & Short Blue Nile (NILE) (Intelligent Speculator)

Two weeks ago we were able to close out a trade and I had not seen any great opportunities but today I'm ready to get going again as I hope to keep up the great track record that I've had so far. I will try to update the summary but our annualized return currently stands [...]

6/6/11Groupon IPO Could Be A Boon For Travelzoo (TZOO, EXPE, MMYT, CTRP, LONG, OWW, PCLN) (

Shares of travel deals service Travelzoo Inc (TZOO) are slumping 3% today despite bullish comments from Benchmark that say the company could benefit from the planned $20-$25 billion IPO by daily deal Web site Groupon. Investors in the online travel space don't seem too impressed today as the Dotcom Travel Stocks Index is down 1.1%. Benchmark [...]

5/23/11Travelzoo Gets A Boost From Local Deals, Benchmark Says (TZOO, MMYT, PCLN, CTRP, LONG) (

Shares of online travel deals company Travelzoo Inc (TZOO) are off 2%, but Benchmark had good things to say about the company's local deals efforts, which the research firm said have re-accelerated this month after pacing along the same lines in April as they did in March. Benchmark said May local deals contributed $9 million in [...]

5/12/11The Latest Hot ‘Deals’ Stock Gets the Cramer Treatment (TZOO, EXPE, PCLN, OWW, MMYT) (

On Wednesday, Chris Loughlin, CEO of the online publisher of travel, entertainment and local deals Travelzoo Inc (TZOO) was a guest on the popular television show Mad Money, hosted by Jim Cramer. Chris Loughlin's appearance is not helping the Dotcom Travel Stocks Index, which is fractionally lower on the day. Travelzoo is one of [...]

5/4/11Travelzoo (TZOO) Fills the Gap (Fund my Mutual Fund)

Speaking of filling gaps, I mentioned a week ago Monday that Travelzoo (TZOO) looked poised to short for those who were nimble as the stock was extremely extended over any major support level.  [Apr 25, 2011: Travelzoo Now 36% Over the 20 Day Moving Average] For the very nimble there might be a shorting opportunity here... as they say, it is a bit "extended".  Usually when a name moves this far away from any form of support, it comes in.... err, unless it is silver. When I wrote...

4/25/11Travezoo (TZOO) Now 36% Over the 20 Day Moving Average (Fund my Mutual Fund)

I wrote about Travelzoo (TZOO) Friday and how it had been scorching any bears who dare show their face.  Today it is up another 8-9% and sits 36% above the 20 day moving average.  For the very nimble there might be a shorting opportunity here... as they say, it is a bit "extended".  Usually when a name moves this far away from any form of support, it comes in.... err, unless it is silver.  No position

4/21/11TZOO (Samurai Trader)

TZOO is a good example of why it pays to pay attention to relative strength. this started a big up move in early March, for no particular reason, on slowly increasing volume. Clearly (in hindsight at least) it looks like somebody knew something, because it blasted off again today after reporting. It's not quite an O'Neil high, tight flag pattern (the previous move was not big enough and the flag wasn't long enough), but it is a bullish pattern anyway, and barring major news, this should...

4/21/11Shorts Being Sacrificed at the Alter of Travelzoo (TZOO) (Fund my Mutual Fund)

I have not talked about this name on the website, but Travelzoo (TZOO) is an old momo stock which has come back to life; I have been watching the past 4-5 months in a bit of awe.  This is another example of where valuation simply does not matter (until one day it does), and trying to figure out a top based on traditional metrics has created immense pain for the 'smart money'.  TZOO is one of the most heavily shorted stocks in the market, and for obvious reasons - in mid March it traded at...

4/18/11Cautious Comments on Travelzoo Ahead of Earnings (TZOO, EXPE, OWW, PCLN, CTRP, MMYT) (

Analyst The Benchmark Company is out with a note to clients suggesting caution ahead of Travelzoo Inc's (TZOO) earnings report later this week. The firm posits that investors may have been overly enthusiastic about recent new initiatives from the travel deals firm. Overall, the Dotcom Travel Stocks Index is lower by 2% on the day, [...]

4/7/11Analyst Actions: CRM, APC, ELN, TZOO, MDRX (Stock Wizard) (NYSE: CRM): FBR Capital on Thursday upgraded its rating on the company to Outperform from Market Perform. The firm lifted its price target on the stock to $170 from $155. In a researcn note to clients, the firm wrote, "The main reason for our upgrade is our revised bullish view on the company's diversification efforts. While much of the company's historical strength has been driven by its sales-force automation (SFA) business, we believe its diversification efforts-which got...

3/25/11Priceline’s Rally Not Nearly Over, Citi Says (PCLN, TZOO, UTA, CTRP, EXPE) (

If you're hunting for one of those high-flying growth stocks that trades deep into the triple-digits, the Dotcom Travel Stocks Index, which is up 3.8% today, isn't a bad place to look to find one candidate that fits that description. Obviously, that would be (PCLN). Priceline is closing in on $500 after an 18% jump [...]

2/6/11Stop Betting Against This Travel Site (Penny Stock DD)

Once again, Travelzoo (Nasdaq: TZOO) is leaving analysts stranded on the tarmac. The travel deals publisher delivered another market-thumping quarter this morning. Earnings from continuing operations more than doubled to $0.23 a share, well ahead of the $0.20 a share that Wall Street was targeting. The pros did nail Travelzoo's 20% spurt to [...]

2/4/11NASDAQ Top losers of the day: (CCME, AFOP, TZOO, ISIL, THQI) (Penny Stock DD)

China MediaExpress Holdings Inc (NASDAQ:CCME) witnessed the correction of 33.23% to close at $11.09 with overall traded volume of 21.18 million shares in the lat trading day. Its price to earnings ratio stands at 12.90 times till its last trading session. The company maintains strong short term liquidity position with current ratio of 3.45 times. Alliance [...]

2/3/11Love for Momentum Names Returns (MA, GMCR, NETL, YUM, TZOO) (

It was a bit of a topsy-turvy day for stocks, but in the end the markets closed higher. This week has shown a return to momentum names, as after flocking from these stocks earlier this earnings season, investors have suddenly decided to bid up high-beta, high-multiple stocks on good reports. Meanwhile, investors have suddenly been [...]

1/19/11ARI, LDK, REDF, TZOO Among Charts to Watch (Wall Street Sector Selector)

Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc. (ARIA) had a spectacular session Tuesday, gapping up to 6.56 on the opening and running to 7.32 before backing off to 7.03. Still, it was up a spectacular 34%, or 1.78, on 18 million shares. That’s by far the lar...

12/14/10Airline Industry ‘Fragile,’ Travel Stocks Struggle (CTRP, LONG, TZOO, PCLN, MMYT) (

Profits may be improving, but the airline industry is still in a "fragile" state and could see a pause in its recovery, according to a report by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). That news isn't doing much to help online travel stocks today as the Dotcom Travel Stocks Index is down 2.2% on the [...]

10/22/10Traveling Along, Singing A Song (TZOO) (Benzinga)

Shares of Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO) are continuing to climb higher, after gaining some 15% yesterday on a strong earnings report. At last check, shares of the online travel company were up $2.21, a gain of nearly 7% to $34.02. Travelzoo Inc reported net income of $3.7 million, or 22 cents per share, on revenues of $27.7 million. Analysts had expected the company to earn 11 cents on $26.2 million in revenue. Travelzoo Inc., an Internet media company, publishes travel and...

10/21/10Closing trade: Long Amazon (AMZN) & Short Travelzoo (TZOO) (Intelligent Speculator)

Wow, that was fast.. we opened this trade on Monday and it is already closing, unfortunately it was an unsuccessful trade as Travelzoo jumped big time thanks to impressive numbers that were released today. Probably our worst pick of the year and we will have to review what happened here. We're never a fan of [...]

10/21/10TZOO (Samurai Trader)

TZOO was the big winner on the relative strength list today, with a clean breakout on earnngs, gapping right up to the breakout point an taking off from there. Everything looks decent here, although the rising ATR is not ideal. CMF and price relative are both quite strong, and this kicked it into gear before the overall market back in August. Something tells me this will be a leading stock for the next cuple of months.

10/21/10Travelzoo Surges On Q3 Results (TZOO, GOOG, OWW, LONG, UTA, EXPE, PCLN) (

Dotcom travel firm Travelzoo Inc (TZOO) was up by 15% on Thursday after the firm posted its third-quarter results. The company posted net income of $3.7 million, or 22 cents per share, compared to a loss of -$295,000, or -2 cents per share, in the same period last year. Revenues grew by 17% [...]

10/21/10Top Narrow Based Indexes For October 21 (NFLX, TZOO, CYD) (Benzinga)

By 11:46 am, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was up 38.37 points, or 0.35%, to 11,146.34, while the broader Standard & Poor's 500 index had gained 2.74 points, or 0.23%. The NASDAQ composite index rose 5.10 points, or 0.21%. Some of the narrow based indexes that are driving the market are Dotcom Retailer Stocks, which have gained 4.6%, Dotcom Travel Stocks, up 4.5%, and Chinese Auto Parts Stocks, moving 3.1% higher as a group. In Tickerspy's Dotcom Retailer complex, Netflix Inc...

10/21/10Benzinga's Volume Movers (ICLR, TZOO, ALXN, MAT) (Benzinga)

ICON Plc (NASDAQ: ICLR) shares moved up 2.37% to $20.56 at 11:28 am. The volume of ICLR shares traded was 2323% higher than normal. ICLR reported 2% y/y rise in its Q3 net revenue. Travelzoo Inc (NASDAQ: TZOO) shares rose 13.11% to $30.29. The volume of TZOO shares traded was 1181% higher than normal. TZOO has posted upbeat Q3 results. Alexion Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ: ALXN) shares climbed 2.16% to $69.54. The volume of ALXN shares traded was 447% higher than normal. ALXN has reported...

10/21/10TravelZoo Traveling Higher Today (TZOO) (Benzinga)

Shares of Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ: TZOO) are partying like its 1999, at least the tech bubble portion of it. Shares are up around 20% today after the company reported much better than expected numbers than Wall Street was expecting. Travelzoo reported revenues of $27.7 million earnings of 22 cents per share, far better than the $26.2 million and 11 cents Wall Street had anticipated. Revenue grew 17% from last year, with 12% gains coming from North America, and extremely healthy 37%...

10/18/10New Stock Pick: Long Apple (AAPL) & Short Travelzoo (TZOO) (Intelligent Speculator)

After closing out 2 trades last week, I can now get back to opening new trades. The trade that I am entering today is one that should not surprise regular readers and are even more obvious to premium members. I wrote recently about Travelzoo and how its recent movements have puzzled me. The rise of [...]

10/6/10Dotcom Travel Stocks Take A Breather (TZOO, EXPE, OWW, GOOG, MMYT, CTRP, LONG, UTA, PCLN) (

The markets traded relatively flat on Wednesday morning after the prior session's surge, and the red hot dotcom travel segment was among losers on the day as stocks took a breather. A look at the Dotcom Travel Stocks Index's three-month performance chart shows that the group has outperformed the S&P 500 significantly for the period, extending [...]

9/17/10Travelzoo Extends Rally On Analyst Optimism (TZOO, GOOG, LONG, MMYT, OWW, EXPE, PCLN) (

Dotcom travel player Travelzoo Inc (TZOO) added 7% to its 20% weekly rally on Friday after a target upgrade to $32 from $22 at Wedbush. The fresh target represents a 36% premium to Thursday's closing value. the firm cited the performance of Travelzoo's core business as well as the new Local Deals segment [...]

9/8/10Travel Sites Advance On Analyst Optimism (PCLN, TZOO, EXPE, MMYT, LONG, CTRP) (

Deutsche Bank initiated coverage on dotcom travel giant (PCLN) at Buy with a $350 price target on Wednesday. The firm said it believes strongly that the online travel segment will benefit from convenience, selection, and customer experience, gaining share on traditional channels. The target represents a 12% premium to Tuesday's closing value, [...]

8/31/10Getting ready to short Travelzoo (TZOO) (Intelligent Speculator)

Have you taken a look at the charts of travel internet company Travelzoo (TZOO) in the past few days? Not as crazy as investors in 3Par or other acquisition targets but it remains impressive to see how much the stock has gained in recent action. Monday I could not open a new trade because I still [...]

8/26/10MakeMyTrip Surges On Sparse News As Travelzoo Aims at Groupon (MMYT, TZOO, LONG, CTRP, EXPE, PCLN... (

August IPO MakeMyTrip (MMYT) led the dotcom travel sector higher on Thursday with a 8% spike on no company-specific news. So far the stock has soared by more than 120% since its pricing at the $14 level earlier this month, and it's now trading back within -10% of its 52-week high. Elsewhere in the sector, [...]

7/5/10New stock pick: Long Priceline (PCLN) & Short Travelzoo (TZOO) (Intelligent Speculator)

I might be getting some complaints about my lack of originality but honestly, why would I change something that is working. I have already done 2 successful trades on Priceline this year (+20,91% vs Expedia & +25,75% vs Priceline) but I still see an opportunity to trade the name against its competition. Priceline has by [...]

6/22/10Closing Trade on Priceline (PCLN) & Travelzoo (TZOO) (Intelligent Speculator)

As you saw in the quick news post yesterday, Travelzoo's (TZOO) got crushed in yesterday's trading and that was enough for us to reach our stop as we were short the stock against Priceline (PCLN). The trade currently stands at +21,71% return and will be closed at today's opening! That also means next Monday will [...]

5/17/10Stock pick: Long Priceline (PCLN) & Short Travelzoo (TZOO) (Intelligent Speculator)

Seems like the perfect time really. After closing out 3 trades last week and 1 more this morning, we are now ready to take on a few new positions. One of the great opportunities we had been discussing in our premium newsletter was the mispricing between Priceline and Travelzoo. A trade that already looked promising [...]

12/4/09Closing Priceline(PCLN) – Travelzoo(TZOO) (Intelligent Speculator)

Yesterday's action was brutal on one of my short positions, Amazon. While it is paired against Baidu (which is up a reasonable 9.56%), Amazon's surge is creating problems. I am now down 7.45% on the trade. I probably miscalculated the impact of having all of those websites/media talking about Amazon as the best pick to [...]

12/4/09Closing Priceline(PCLN) - Travelzoo(TZOO) (Intelligent Speculator)

Yesterday's action was brutal on one of my short positions, Amazon. While it is paired against Baidu (which is up a reasonable 9.56%), Amazon's surge is creating problems. I am now down 7.45% on the trade. I probably miscalculated the impact of having all of those websites/media talking about Amazon as the best pick to [...]

11/29/09(TZOO) Travelzoo Inc. – Revenue was up 27% from Last Year (Stock Blog Hub)

Travelzoo Inc. (TZOO) is pressuring its 52-week high after reporting better than expected third-quarter results on Oct 28. Company Description TravelZoo Inc. in an Internet media company that publishes travel and entertainment offers from third-party travel and entertainment companies in North America, Europe and Asia. The company was founded in 1998 and has a market cap of [...]

11/16/09New Trade: Long Priceline(PCLN) vs Short Travelzoo(TZOO) (Intelligent Speculator)

Over the weekend, I had more time to go over some numbers while looking for the next (hopefully) winning trade. Just a few days ago, I closed out a trade that involved a play on travel, Ctrip vs Expedia. There are two other names that I follow closely and I am now picking them for [...]

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