Why Travelzoo Shares Tumbled

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What: Shares of online travel company Travelzoo plunged 12% today after its quarterly results missed Wall Street expectations.

So what: The stock has slid in recent months on concerns over slowing growth, and today's Q3 results -- adjusted EPS fell 10% on a top-line increase of just 5% -- only reinforce that worry. In fact, shares of close rivals TripAdvisor and Expedia -- which will both report later this month -- are also showing a bit of weakness today as investors speculate on similarly weak results.

Now what: Management remains optimistic about its growth initiatives going forward. "We continue to invest in product development in order to make it easier to find and book deals on Travelzoo and to spur future growth," said CEO Chris Loughlin. "We launched a new home page this quarter and intend to start beta-testing our new hotel booking platform at the beginning of next year." However, when you couple the strong margin headwinds facing Travelzoo with the stock's somewhat rich P/E of 20, I'd wait for an even wider margin of safety before buying into that bullishness.

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