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  • Facebook Makes Revenue Easier with New Payment Processor

    By Stephanie Faris - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: AAPL, EBAY, FB

    Ad revenue isn't the only way Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) makes money these days. The company has long realized the value of apps to its customer base, striving to find a way to encourage the use of those apps through its site.

    So it should surprise no one that the company intends to make it easier to purchase those apps. With a new payment method that was initially rumored to more »

  • Will BlackBerry Go Private?

    By Stephanie Faris - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: BBRY, MSFT, SSNLF

    It is no secret that BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY) is troubled. While the company's phones are still used by corporations, BYOD is causing the company to lose its grip on that sector, as well. The market share of BlackBerry's OS has dropped to 2.9%, officially placing it below the Windows Phone.

    The drop has many in the industry wondering if BlackBerry could be snatched up by another smartphone-maker--perhaps more »

  • Mad Men Keeps AMC on Top

    By Stephanie Faris - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: AMCX, DISCA, NFLX

    In the early days of its existence, AMC Networks (NASDAQ: AMCX) focused on showing "American movie classics," providing a great opportunity for lovers of black-and-white films to feast on a rainy-day marathon. But as with many of its competitors, AMC has evolved to include a large variety of original shows. The difference is, AMC is doing it really well.

    Thanks to its hit shows Mad Men and The Killing, AMC more »

  • Could New J.C. Penney CEO Turn Company Around?

    By Stephanie Faris - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: GRPN, JCP, SHLD

    J.C. Penney (NYSE: JCP) is at an uncertain time in its history, with many resigned to the fact that the retailer is simply a leftover remnant of a bygone era. The return of retired CEO Myron (Mike) Ullman as interim chief brought new hope to the company, undoing the damage done by Ron Johnson's attempt to give the company a younger image. For a while it looked hopeful more »

  • Will Bezos Transform the Newspaper Business?

    By Stephanie Faris - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GCI, WPO

    The days of trudging out to the driveway to pick up the Sunday morning newspaper are gone for many Americans. In the Internet age, consumers are more likely to pick up their iPad or Kindle HD to read the day's headlines.

    But the news that Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos is personally purchasing The Washington Post (NYSE: WPO) has many wondering if that will change. Part of more »

  • Will Google Revolutionize the Way We Watch TV?

    By Stephanie Faris - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: T, CMCSA, GOOG

    Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA), the top cable company in America, recently posted solid numbers that were above analyst expectations, netting a 29% increase in earnings year-over-year. But traditional cable television is only part of the Philadelphia-based company's earnings. In fact, the entire industry seems to have realized that cable is going to become a shrinking part of the American landscape over the next couple of decades.

    TVs Get Smart

    Thanks more »

  • Companies Spice Up Earnings Calls With Creativity

    By Stephanie Faris - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: NFLX, YHOO, Z

    Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) did it. Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) followed. Then Zillow (NASDAQ: Z) tried a completely different approach. We've officially reached the era of the high-tech earnings calls, with companies turning to poorly-produced videos and social media to entertain and amuse the stockholders with their quarterly earnings news.

    As these three companies start what will likely be a new trend, the public can't help but feel a little more »

  • How Online Gambling Could Save These Companies

    By Stephanie Faris - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: EA, FB, ZNGA

    Immediately following Zynga's (NASDAQ: ZNGA) announcement that it wouldn't pursue an online gambling license in the U.S., the app developer's stocks plummeted. The creator of the app sensation FarmVille had announced plans to develop gambling apps for both the U.S. and U.K. markets, but the U.S. has tight restrictions on online gambling which makes implementation an uphill battle for the company.

    Officially, Zynga more »

  • Coffee: America's Favorite Addiction

    By Stephanie Faris - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: GMCR, MCD, SBUX

    Caffeine consumption is a morning ritual for many Americans. While energy drinks and sodas comprise some of that consumption, coffee is still the go-to morning drink for many people.

    Nowhere is this more apparent than Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX). One look at an average location on a workday morning reveals just how addicted Americans are to coffee. Lines for Starbucks drive-thrus often stretch around the building, with consumers paying as much more »

  • Athletic Wear Companies Target Sporty Women

    By Stephanie Faris - July 29, 2013 | Tickers: LULU, LUX, NKE

    Women who wear girly sunglasses socialize. Women who choose sunglasses from Oakley exercise.

    That's the message of the spring ad campaign for Oakley. In the ad, which actually does read, "For exercising not socializing," a woman clad in exercise gear strolls in front of two socializing diners, wearing a pair of Oakley sunglasses. The message is clear. Oakley sunglasses are for women who work out. The same message is more »

  • These Stocks Want Your Commute Time

    By Stephanie Faris - July 26, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, P, SIRI

    When Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) bought Audible in 2008, the company had already revolutionized audiobooks, charging a monthly fee to consumers who are able to download a certain number of books each month. The company's mobile app has made it a popular take-along as commuters spend hours in traffic each week, allowing them to catch up on their reading while making a trip more enjoyable.

    In this story I more »

  • Yahoo!'s Buying Spree May Not Be Enough to Save the Day

    By Stephanie Faris - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, MSFT, YHOO

    At one time, Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) was on top of the world. The company served as a web portal in the early days, as consumers were growing comfortable with the concept of using the internet. Then Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) came along, and computer users realized they could go straight to the information they wanted, no portal necessary.

    Still, Yahoo! lingers, visited by sports fans and those who set up a more »

  • Do Amusement Park Accidents Impact the Market?

    By Stephanie Faris - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: FUN, SEAS, SIX

    With news that a woman was killed on a roller coaster at Six Flags (NYSE: SIX) in Texas, consumers were forced to confront a very real truth: amusement park rides sometimes fail. While safety precautions are in place, an average of 4,423 children are injured each year on amusement park rides, according to a study in the journal Clinical Pediatrics.

    Earnings to be reported

    The accident happened just days more »

  • RetailMeNot Can Learn From its Competitors

    By Stephanie Faris - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GRPN, SALE

    RetailMeNot (NASDAQ: SALE) hit the market with a bang, with its stock soaring 34% in the first day. The company was already a success before announcing its IPO, with more than one billion visits in the past seven years. In 2012, RetailMeNot was receiving more than 24 million unique visits each month.

    Like Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) and Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) Local, RetailMeNot has re-imagined the coupon concept for the digital more »

  • Sharknado Success Shows Impact of Social Media on Public Opinion

    By Stephanie Faris - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: CMCSA, FB, GOOG

    There was nothing about it. It was just another B-movie airing on one of Comcast (NASDAQ: CMCSA) premiere networks. But by the time the final credits on Sharknado ran, the buzz had already begun on popular social media site Twitter. A full week later, the public and the press are still talking about it, with the SyFy channel planning a second airing and plans for a sequel already in the more »

  • Can PayPal Continue to Compete With Big Banks?

    By Stephanie Faris - July 21, 2013 | Tickers: BAC, EBAY, GOOG

    At one time, eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) was on fire. The company was growing at an astronomical pace, leading investors to believe that the auction site's success would continue despite what it did.

    Nearly 20 years later, the company is still going strong, although the days of sliding by on consumer demand are long gone. Competition from sites like Craigslist, Etsy, and CafePress has made a sizable dent in eBay more »

  • Electronics Retailers Struggling in an Online World

    By Stephanie Faris - July 18, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, BBY, RSH

    Online shopping hasn't killed the retail business just yet. Many consumers still want a place to try out and buy the very devices they'll use for all that shopping. But, some electronics retailers have been experiencing rough waters in recent years, with RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) reporting consecutive losses and H.H. Gregg suffering from low sales in its most recent quarter. Continued concern about showrooming has some electronics more »

  • Back to School Brings Success for Retailers

    By Stephanie Faris - July 17, 2013 | Tickers: AEO, BBY, TGT

    The smoke from July 4th has barely cleared and already commercials are letting us know it's back to school season. With many schools starting in early to mid-August, retailers are gearing up for the late-July rush that comes as students stock up on electronics, supplies, and clothing.

    Stocking up on pencils

    The first places most parents hit, school supply list in hand, are department stores like Wal-Mart and Target more »

  • Can Shipping Companies Survive the Web?

    By Stephanie Faris - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: FDX, UPS, WMT

    When the Internet first went mainstream, it seemed the post office would thrive. Online shopping would generate enough packages to make up for consumers who would now be communicating via the web.

    Nearly two decades later, the impact of the Internet is still being felt. The United States Postal Service (USPS) regularly reports giant-size shortfalls, including almost $16 billion in losses last year. The world is quick to blame competition more »

  • Why Facebook Execs Are Ditching the Stock

    By Stephanie Faris - July 15, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, LNKD

    Following news that the social media site's shares had fallen nearly 20%, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) insiders began selling off some of their own shares, including famed COO Sheryl Sandberg. Just last month, Sandberg boasted about how far the company had come since its IPO last summer. So what has investors so skittish?

    The MySpace Curse

    In 2006, MySpace was the darling of the Internet, passing even Google to become more »

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