Listening to catch the information that you need is a great skill that you can apply both in academic tests like TOEFL and IELTS but also in real life too. You may think that catching information is difficult when the person speaks faster but if you can do it with a fast-paced news video, then you can do it in any conversation.
Listen to the following video one time just to get the general meaning of the report. Then, listen and fill in the table below. You can listen as many times as you need to but I recommend that in the beginning, listen to the entire video from start to finish. If you can do it without pausing in less than three tries, you are doing well.
The news report is about the expected business trends 2012 for the world’s largest cruise ship company.
Key Performance Indicator
|3rd Quarter earnings||$_____||Analysts estimated $_____|
|Revenue||$_____ billion||Analysts estimated $_____ billion|
|Advanced booking prices||_______ than previous year|
|Advanced booking occupancy||_______ than previous year|
|Average price target||$_____|
If you are not sure about something that you heard in this report, please check it here with the script.
Business Trends 2012 for Carnival Corporation
You’re watching the Financial News Network, I’m Nicole Dossous. Carnival Corporation reported 3rd quarter earnings of a $1.71 cents, better than analysts estimate of $1.63 per share. Revenue for the quarter rose 11.70% to 5.1 billion dollars, better than estimates of 4.91 billion dollars.
At this time, cummulative advanced bookings for the remainder of 2011 and the first half of 2012 are at higher prices with slightly lower occupancies compared to the prior year. Carnival Corpoaration chairman and CEO Mickey Arison said, “despite the uncertain economic environment, we have a strong base of business for the first half of 2012 and booking trends during the 3rd quarter have been solid. The increased level of importance consumers are placing on value continues to drive demand for our cruise products.
Carnival has a potential upside of 24.20%, based on a current price of $34.68, and an average consensus analyst price target of $43.08.
You’re watching the Financial News Network, I’m Nicole Dossous.