Shares of Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CTRIP) jumped as high as nearly 9% in Tuesday intra-day trading after the firm reported better-than-expected results for its second quarter. China’s largest online travel portal said non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and net revenues for the second quarter were 1.86 yuan ($0.30) and 2.53 billion yuan ($408 million), respectively. Revenue is up 47% year-on-year and the adjusted earnings per diluted share reported by the firm handily beat expectations of just $0.01 per share. Among the four business lines of the firm, its accommodation and transportation segments posted revenues of $178 million and $170 million, respectively. The firm’s accommodation business grew by 55% in volume and by 47% in terms of revenue growth. Its transportation segment advanced by 106% in volume and by 45% in revenue growth. The packages and corporate segments accounted for the remaining $72 million in revenue. The earnings beat comes as the company kept costs down, particularly in general and administrative, and sales and marketing expenses.
Hedge funds appear to have had an idea that Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (ADR) (NASDAQ:CTRP) would perform well in the second quarter. At the end of the first quarter, a total of 45 of the hedge funds tracked by Insider Monkey held long positions in this stock, up from 28 in the previous quarter. Furthermore, there was a 40.77% quarter-over-quarter increase of hedge fund holdings in Ctrip by March 31 to $2.31 billion. Even though the stock climbed by 28.84% in the same period, this still means hedge funds grew their holdings in the stock in the first quarter. They were rewarded in the second quarter with a 23.88% share price growth.
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