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For the key "wave period" -- from January through March, when cruise bookings are generally high -- Royal Caribbean said it has stabilized bookings by cutting prices dramatically. Chief Financial Officer Brian Rice said onboard revenue also began to suffer during the fourth quarter as passengers trimmed their spending, particularly on gambling.
Royal Caribbean reported liquidity of $1 billion as of Dec. 31. On the conference call, managers stressed that they are comfortable with the company's cash position but said they may seek to extend the maturity date on some debt or take other action to enhance the company's financial position this year.
So this is a lot like what retailers are doing - to protect the revenue line they are slashing prices to create demand. That's fine for revenue; not so fine for profits.
The stock has fallen so quickly I'd expected a "rubber band" (reversion to mean) rally at some point relatively soon... it is nowhere near any resistence level. But I expected that with a lot of other "worst of breed" sectors and outside of REITs (government bailouts coming baby) most of the worst of groups are still far away from key resistence levels.
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