Bottom line at Expedia shows surprising strength

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Expedia delivered a strong quarter last week, prompting Pacific Crest Securities’ Steve Weinstein to cut expected losses for the online travel company and raise his rating on the stock to “strong buy” from “buy.”

The analyst said the Bellevue company’s loss of 4 cents a share was a blowout compared with his estimated loss of 22 cents. Expedia remains majority-owned by Microsoft.