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Priceline.com Inc (NASDAQ:PCLN): Last night, CTRIP.com (NASDAQ:CTRP) and Booking.com announced an agreement under which Ctrip is able to reach Booking.com’s global portfolio of more than 235,000 participating hotels via Ctrip’s hotel reservation services, the companies claimed in a statement. Booking.com’s hotel inventories should be offered along with the participating hotels already in Ctrip’s hotel reservation service. Booking.com is part of the Priceline Group.
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Dean Foods Company (NYSE:DF) predicts that momentum will continue through the second half of 2012 for WhiteWave-Alpro. The company also expects mid to high-teens for the full year of 2012 for the operating income growth in Fresh Dairy Direct, and it expects continued solid profit growth for 2012 although milk prices are rising. Expect mid-teens full year 2012 operating income growth for the company.
Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. (NYSE:PCL) announced today a quarterly cash dividend of $0.42 per share. The dividend will be payable on Aug. 31, 2012, to shareholders of record as of Aug. 17, 2012. Plum Creek’s dividend is predicted to be characterized as long-term capital gain income mainly because the income gained by the sale of Plum Creek’s timber is considered long-term capital gain. As such, Plum Creek’s dividend is expected to be taxed at a maximum rate of 15 percent for the majority of U.S. taxpayers.
The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS): Joss Whedon, the writer-director of Disney’s blockbuster “The Avengers,” signed an exclusive deal with Marvel Studios for film and television until June 2015′s end, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Express Scripts Holding Company (NASDAQ:ESRX): CVS Caremark (NYSE:CVS) still faces some tough competition, but its retail pharmacies will most likely hold onto a large chunk of the customers they won from Walgreen (NYSE:WAG) during its Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX) dispute. CVS is still poised to provide double-digit profit growth next year. Also, since there is a a steadily growing dividend, and CVS is an “easy pill to swallow,” Barron’s states.
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