The company, which has reported higher profits for years, has benefited from especially strong international bookings, driven by growth in emerging markets like the Asia Pacific region. The acquisition of travel site Kayak Software Corp. also has helped Priceline and given it a broader base of users and generates more traffic for Priceline's brands, especially Booking.com. The result has helped Priceline become the highest-priced stock in the S&P 500. Shares, which have risen more than 15-fold since 2008, closed Wednesday at $1,131.74. For the latest quarter, Priceline reported a profit of $331.2 million, or $6.25 a share, up from $244.3 million, or $4.76 a share, a year earlier. Excluding special items, per-share earnings grew to $7.81 from $5.76 a share. Revenue jumped 26% to $1.64 billion. Get the full story at Seeking Alpha and Priceline Read more on Priceline's decision to not participate in TripAdvisor Instant Booking for now at Skift and Tnooz