Company name Priceline.com Inc
Stock ticker PCLN
Live stock price [stckqut]PCLN[/stckqut]
P/E compared to competitors Good

MANAGEMENT EXECUTION

Employee productivity Good
Sales growth Good
EPS growth Good
P/E growth Good
EBIT growth Good

ANALYSIS

Confident Investor Rating Good
Target stock price (TWCA growth scenario) $1260.54
Target stock price (averages with growth) $1726.08
Target stock price (averages with no growth) $1181.28
Target stock price (manual assumptions) $1249.82

The following company description is from Google Finance: http://www.google.com/finance?q=pcln

Priceline Com Incorporated, is an online travel company that offers its customers hotel room reservations at over 295,000 hotels worldwide through the Booking.com, priceline.com and Agoda brands. In the United States, it also offers its customers reservations for car rentals, airline tickets, vacation packages, destination services and cruises through the priceline.com brand. It offers car rental reservations worldwide through rentalcars.com. As of December 31, 2012, its international business (the majority of which is generated by Booking.com) represented approximately 82% of its gross bookings, and approximately 92% of its consolidated operating income. In 2012, the Company launched Express Deals, a merchant semi-opaque price-disclosed hotel reservation service at priceline.com, which allows customers to see the price of the reservation prior to purchase but not the identity of the hotel. On May 2013, the Company acquired Kayak Software Corp.

 

Confident Investor comments: At this price and at this time, I think that a Confident Investor can confidently invest in this stock. Very few companies are run well enough that they have green in every metric. Priceline is a stock to consider!

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Editor's Note: Dealing with current debt is a reality for many people. The challenge is to eliminate debt and at the same time grow your personal investment portfolio. Alanna does a great job of dealing with this issue.

In May of this year, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that U.S. consumer debt totaled $11.23 trillion. If you are examining your personal financial situation to handle your share of this debt, you are taking the right step.

Managing your income properly requires an approach that is threefold, as you must look at what you owe today, how emergencies can impact your life and what you will be able to invest in to achieve retirement goals.

1. Handle high interest debt immediately. Credit card debt or loans with high interest rates have a tendency to drain even a solid income. Ignoring these debts or taking a haphazard approach to on-time payments can allow the problem to worsen, costing you more and more in interest and late fees. Start by making minimum payments on all the accounts you owe to put the accounts in good standing, which can eventually help your credit score improve.

There are two main schools of thought on which debts to pay off first, but there is a principle we can glean from both of them. One recommends paying off the account with the lowest balance first, which can seem easier and decreases the amount of open negative accounts. The other recommends paying off the account with the higher interest rate first.

Both of these strategies improve debt management as they approach debts by focusing on a specific problem and making an effort to pay more than the minimum payment on an account.

2. Put Together An Emergency Fund

Having savings for retirement is a goal to work toward after you have made a dent in your debt. Right now though, build up an emergency savings account of at least 3 months of after tax income. Your intention is to get out of debt and stay out of debt, so you need a cushion to soften any unexpected financial crisis.

Vehicles may suddenly require expensive maintenance. Costly medical issues can disrupt your life out of nowhere. You may encounter periods of unemployment or face increasing monthly rental payments. Being able to turn to an emergency fund in any of these situations can keep you from relying on credit or having to skip making your monthly loan payments.

3. Profit from Your Discretionary Income

Your discretionary income consists of the money you have after basic living expenses are subtracted based on the poverty line. What this means is taking your paycheck, subtracting regular necessary costs, then looking at what remains.

Once you have accomplished the goals of regularly paying on debts (including paying more on at least on accounts) and building an emergency account, you can pursue investing in any extra money from your discretionary income into savings.

You can begin with a traditional savings account that will earn a percentage on the money you deposit into it and also see what programs your job has to offer. There may be a 401(k) or other type of retirement account that will increase at a more rapid rate than your bank offers.

Research all of these options, while realistically considering how much you will be able to consistently set aside every paycheck.

Alanna Ritchie is a content writer for Debt.org, where she writes about personal finance and little smart ways to spend (and save) money. Alanna has an English degree from Rollins College.