Barry Diller often goes against the grain, building up an internet conglomerate at a time when conglomerates are unpopular and then deciding to dismantle what he had built. (That company, IAC/InterActive, is in the process of breaking itself into five pieces.)
So that may make it easier to believe the market rumors that Diller may be planning to take his other venture, travel-services company Expedia, private.
Diller, however, has dismissed the rumors, telling a Reuters reporter: "I am so suspect of current markets and the hedge funds and momentum selling/buying. I think there is a plot behind everything."