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Expedia Inc. (EXPE - Analyst Report) is set to report first quarter 2013 results on Apr 25. Last quarter, it posted a 4.0% positive surprise. Let’s see how things are shaping up for this announcement.

Growth Factors This Past Quarter

Though Expedia’s revenue in the fourth quarter was down sequentially, a stronger travel market all over the world, contribution from VIA and strategic expansion in Asia helped revenue exceed our expectations.

We believe that Expedia will continue to benefit from the acquisition of VIA Travel that closed in the second quarter of 2012. Bookings were down sequentially in the last quarter due to weakness across channels and geographies, but there could be improvements based on recent acquisitions and agreements that are likely to expand its addressable market. Weaker volumes also impacted margins in the last quarter.

Earnings Whispers?

Our proven model does not conclusively show that Expedia will beat earnings this quarter. That is because a stock needs to have both a positive Earnings ESP (Read: Zacks Earnings ESP: A Better Method) and a Zacks Rank #1, #2 or #3 for this to happen. That is not the case here as you will see below.

Zacks ESP:  The Most Accurate estimate stands at $0.05 while the Zacks Consensus Estimate is higher at $0.11. That is a difference of -54.55%.

Zacks Rank #3 (Hold): Expedia’s Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) when combined with a negative ESP makes surprise prediction difficult.

We caution against stocks with Zacks Ranks #4 and #5 (Sell-rated stocks) going into the earnings announcement, especially when the company is seeing negative estimate revisions momentum.

Other Stocks to Consider

Here are some other companies you may want to consider as our model shows that they have the right combination of elements to post an earnings beat this quarter:  

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