Despite beating Wall Street expectations, online travel agency The Priceline Group (NASDAQ:PCLN) stock fell over 7% after announcing Q2 numbers. Much of the blame has been pinned on a weaker than expected forecast but with a history of sandbagging, Wall Street should be skeptical of Priceline's quarterly guidance. The company has only guided toward consensus estimates twice in the last two years. Yet Priceline has crushed Wall Street estimates by an average of 7.8% over that same time period.
At nearly eight and a half years, investors have enjoyed one of the longest bull markets in U.S. history. Only the bullish run from 1987 to 2000 has exceeded the current period. Though we're still four years away from breaking that record, all good things do come to an end -- eventually, the market will turn sour. With the great recession and dot-com burst fresh on investors' minds, it's natural that some are feeling nervous about an inevitable bear market.
With frequent reports of declining mall traffic, aggressive store closures, and disappointing earnings numbers, it seems that no company is immune to the wrath of Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). Even grocery retailers, and auto part stores -- two businesses that were once believed to be protected from online retail -- are starting to be threatened. However, while Amazon is indeed making life difficult for traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, one business is thriving as online shopping picks up steam.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".