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Is Expedia Inc (EXPE) A Good Feminist Stock To Buy?

We recently compiled a list of the 11 Best Feminist Stocks To Invest In. In this article, we are going to take a look at where Expedia Inc (NASDAQ:EXPE) stands against the other feminist stocks.

With the passage of time, the role of women in the modern day workplace has slowly started to grow. In less than a century, more women not only lead companies but are also among some of the wealthiest individuals in the world. At the same time, women have demonstrated that they are equal to men when it comes to disrupting industries. One of the best examples of this phenomena is America’s best known rocket company SpaceX. While SpaceX is famous for its founder and billionaire Elon Musk, the firm’s chief operations officer and president Gwynne Shotwell has been equally responsible for its massive success in the rocket industry which has dislodged decades of monopolies held by a few defense contractors.

In fact, this rising trend of women leading the charge at some of the biggest companies in the world has also generated interesting statistics when it comes to compensation. Data from Equilar shows that in 2023, out of the 341 CEOs part of the study, 25 were women. Their median pay package stood at $17.6 million, which according to Equilar, was 7.7% higher than the figure for the complete data set. At the same time, the 25 female CEOs saw five new executives added to the list when compared to 2022.

Considering this, it would appear that the gender pay gap in the US appears to be narrowing. To confirm this, we’ll have to look at the pay statistics for the entire country as opposed to only S&P 500 CEOs. Well, on this front, data gathered by Pew shows that there’s a lot to be done. The research firm points out that in 2002, women earned 80% of what men were paid. Two decades later, i.e. in 2022, this stood at 82%, indicating that there’s a lot more to be done to decrease the wage gap between the two genders. However, at the same time, younger women might be changing these trends. This is because according to Pew, women aged between 25 and 34 earned 92% of their male counterparts, which is quite higher than the figure of 86% in 2002.

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With these details in mind, we decided to take a look at the best feminist stocks to invest in.

Our Methodology

To make our list of the best feminist stocks to invest in, we ranked publicly traded Fortune 500 companies with female CEOs by the number of hedge funds that had bought the shares in Q1 2024. Why do we care about what hedge funds do? The reason is simple: our research has shown that we can outperform the market by imitating the top stock picks of the best hedge funds. Our quarterly newsletter’s strategy selects 14 small-cap and large-cap stocks every quarter and has returned 275% since May 2014, beating its benchmark by 150 percentage points (see more details here).

People interacting with a travel website, searching for the perfect destination.

Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE)

Number of Hedge Fund Shareholders In Q1 2024: 62

CEO: Ariane Gorin

Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) is a travel services company which helps users to plan and oversee their travels. Ariane Gorin became the firm’s CEO in May 2024. The global economy strongly affects the company’s financial performance; COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a worldwide hike of traveling that enabled it to surpass analysts’ adjusted EPS estimates for the last four quarters. Subsequent to Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ) having changed its full-year revenue guidance to “mid to high single digit top line,” DA Davidson reduced its price target from $152 to $135 while maintaining Neutral rating on the stock. The new target reflects lower revenue and operating income expectations for 2024.

Expedia Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:EXPE) has a forward price-to-earnings ratio of 10.59, which is significantly lower than the market average of 21. This shows that investors expect this stock to underperform. Aristotle Atlantic Partners' Q1 2024 Investor Letter highlighted the stock as one worthy of attention and observation.

Expedia Group provides online travel services for leisure and small business travelers. The company offers a wide range of travel, shopping and reservation services and also provides real- time access to schedule, pricing and availability information for airlines, hotels and car rental companies. Expedia serves customers worldwide.

We see Expedia benefiting from the growth in booking travel online, both for leisure and corporate travel. The company also benefits from rapid growth in alternative accommodations and vacation home rentals through VRBO. The main sources of revenue and profitability are from hotel and vacation home rentals. Additionally, Expedia has exposure to airline ticket sales and automobile rentals. Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Expedia’s debt has been reduced, technology platforms have been rationalized, share repurchase has resumed and we expect a dividend will eventually be reinstated.

Overall EXPE ranks 11th on our list of the best feminist stocks to buy. You can visit 11 Best Feminist Stocks To Invest In to see the other feminist stocks that are on hedge funds' radar. While we acknowledge the potential of EXPE as an investment, our conviction lies in the belief that AI stocks hold greater promise for delivering higher returns, and doing so within a shorter timeframe. If you are looking for an AI stock that is more promising than EXPE but that trades at less than 5 times its earnings, check out our report about the cheapest AI stock.

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Disclosure: None. This article is originally published at Insider Monkey.