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Ctrip shares surge on strong earnings, upgrade, and acquisition news

Shares of Chinese travel site surged more than 9 percent Friday after posting strong quarterly results. It also benefited from an analyst upgrade and acquisition news.

On Wednesday, the Shanghai-based company posted earnings of 17 cents per share on $ 835.5 million in revenue. Analysts had expected Ctrip to report earnings per share of 11 cents a share on $ 801.8 million in revenue, according to a FactSet consensus estimate.

The Chinese travel site said its transportation ticketing revenue grew 101 percent year-over-year.

Reuters reported that HSBC upgraded the stock to “buy” from “hold” and raised its price target on the shares to $ 53 from $ 46.

Ctrip also announced it signed an agreement with Skyscanner to acquire the Edinburgh-based travel search site. The deal values Skyscanner at 1.4 billion pounds, about $ 1.74 billion.

Even with Friday’s gains, shares of Ctrip have fallen 14 percent in the past year.

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