Angie's List, Inc.

  • Yelp is to Angie’s List What Facebook was to Classmates.com

    By Scott Anderson - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, FB, GOOG, OPEN, YELP

    Once upon a time when the Internet was new, a chat room on AOL would have been the closest thing to “Social Media”. Then suddenly there came a promising website called classmates.com. The web domain was succinct, easy to remember and made it clear what the visitor should expect.

    Over a period of years from the late 1990s into the middle 2000s, Classmates grew at a steady pace. It more »

  • Competition and Lawsuits Among the Reasons to Avoid This Internet Company

    By Chris Katje - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, EBAY

    Named after one of its founders, Angie’s List (NASDAQ: ANGI) is a publicly traded company specializing in helping people. The company, which operates the website of the same name, was founded to help consumers find local contractors and professionals through a series of reviews. With its stock trading at high valuations and new competition coming, investors should sit this one out.

    Competition coming

    According to a Techcrunch article, internet more »

  • Angie's Valuation Discrepancy Still Not Attractive

    By Mark Holder - July 30, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, GOOG, YELP

    Though Angie’s List (NASDAQ: ANGI) continues to produce extremely fast revenue growth, the market was disappointed with the forward guidance for Q3. The provider of verified user reviews showed a large increase in operating leverage though the level of losses might continue to scare off investors.

    Angie’s List's valuation continues to make an interesting debate between it and fellow consumer review site Yelp (NYSE: YELP). Both stocks more »

  • Will These Small Cap Dot Com Survivors Remain Winners?

    By Arturo Cuevas - July 22, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, EXTR, P

    It’s been some 13 years since the boom and bust of the dot com era. While many dreams were completely shattered by the phenomenal rise and fall of the Internet start-ups during the period, a good number of survivors still remain. Following are three small cap remnants of that time which, in hindsight, may well have been a test on the survival of the fittest.

    If there’s a more »

  • The Problem With Troubled Internet Companies

    By Timothy Green - July 11, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, GRPN, OPEN, YELP

    When a company IPOs it's a good idea to examine its business model to ensure that the company, if not already profitable, has a real chance at becoming profitable in the future. Too often, especially with Internet companies, it turns out that the business model isn't viable in the long term. Investing in a company with a chameleon-like business model is almost never a good idea.

    Reviews and more »

  • Yelping for a Higher Stock Price

    By Mark Holder - July 9, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, TRIP, YELP

    The local ad market offers tons of opportunity and Yelp (NYSE: YELP) provides possibly the best way to play that market. The local online ad market already has reached $23 billion of the roughly $100 billion spent in local ads each year. Yelp is quickly placing itself as the place to generate high quality leads via check-ins, reservations, clicks to their websites, phone calls, and even directions with a depth more »

  • Why Angie's List Beats Yelp

    By John Moore - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, GOOG, YELP

    Indianapolis based Angie’s List (NASDAQ: ANGI) has been lifted to a buy rating. The stock's price target was lifted from $29 to $31 per share by the Midwestern firm Stifel Nicolaus. Northland Capital Partners previously (Spring of 2013) raised its price target for Angie’s List shares from $24 to $30. Angie’s List, the consumer-based referral membership for local service providers and professionals is slowly but surely more »

  • Three Risky Review Site Investments

    By Dan Moskowitz - July 1, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, TRIP, YELP

    Yelp (NYSE: YELP) continues to expand its domestic and international geographic reach. Those expansions come with costs, however, including lower margins. The game plan is for the costs to pay off in the future, of course, but how risky would it be for you to make that bet? Are there review sites that offer better investment opportunities, such as TripAdvisor (NASDAQ: TRIP) or Angie’s List (NASDAQ: ANGI)?

    We’ll more »

  • How to Make Money off Other People's Opinions

    By Erin McBride - June 11, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, AAPL, GOOG, YHOO, YELP

    Is it possible to make money off of other people's opinions?  If you study up on these following companies, you just might be able to!

    Yelp (NYSE: YELP) was founded in 2004, and provides user-generated reviews on restaurants, stores, and activities. Yelp had an average of approximately 102 million monthly unique visitors in Q1 2013, and its users have written over 39 million local reviews to date.

    Yelp went more »

  • Are Online Reviews Destroying Small Business?

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - May 25, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, TRIP, YELP

    Starting a small business is a brave endeavor with a US failure rate of 44%. Online review sites can drastically alter the odds one way or another.

    The bad news

    Yelp (NYSE: YELP), Angie's List (NASDAQ: ANGI), and TripAdvisor (NASDAQ: TRIP), are the three go-to sites for consumer online reviews on local business, services, and travel, respectively. The one with the greatest impact on small business is Yelp.

    According more »

  • Building Value From Other Peoples' Advice

    By Robert Hanley - May 22, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, TREE, YELP

    Most people seem to make purchase decisions based on the wisdom, or peer pressure, from family, friends, or acquaintances.  While every business has its share of both fans and detractors, the collective opinion of customers is often a fairly accurate depiction of reality.  In the internet age of mass communication, product and service reviews are only a mouse click away, for better or worse.  The review aggregators are creating treasure more »

  • Is This High-Flyer Still Presenting Value in an Overvalued Space?

    By Brian Nichols - April 30, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, YELP, Z, ZNGA

    On November 28, 2012 I wrote an article looking at several analyst upgrades, one being Angie’s List (NASDAQ: ANGI). In the piece, I commended Northland on its “Outperform” call, and its conclusion that the stock was trading at a 44% discount to its peers. Upon further research and realizing the value presented, I added ANGI to my Motley Fools CAPS picks, told you to add it, and then purchased more »

  • What Has Investors so Excited Over Angie's List?

    By Mark Holder - April 29, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, TRIP, YELP

    For the second consecutive earnings report the stock of Angie’s List (NASDAQ: ANGI) has soared over 30%. Is this due to irrational exuberance or a change of fundamentals at the company?

    Angie’s List provides a web service that allows paid users the opportunity to find service providers recommended by the community. The company now has nearly 2 million users and spends a large percentage of revenue on sales more »

  • This Internet Company Could Be the Perfect Buy

    By Michael Carter - April 23, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, GOOG, YELP

    Before the Internet, most customer reviews were done through publications like magazines and newspapers while the rest were done through customer comment boxes and customer service help lines. While these methods were standard, they didn’t empower the customer as much as the Internet has allowed today. Yelp (NYSE: YELP) is one of the leading online customer review websites today, and I will explain why I feel this Internet-based company more »

  • This Reviews Company Has a Big Problem

    By Jordan Wathen - March 25, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, GOOG, YELP

    Online reviews should be a tremendously profitable product.

    Users submit information and build up a valuable database of reviews. This information can then be monetized, while a dedicated user base helps a company use the network effect to insulate it from the competition.

    Dead in the water

    One major player in this space, Angie's List (NASDAQ: ANGI), is dead in the water. While it recently posted its first profitable more »

  • Which Social Media Company has an Enduring Economic Moat?

    By Peter Harengel - March 18, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, ANGI, BIDU, BRK-A, KO, EBAY, GRPN

    Not even the social media sector is immune from the need for an economic moat that allows for a company to survive.

    In a book about Warren Buffett, “The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life,” by Alice Schroeder, the economic moat of a company was described as the assets that protected it against competition and time. While every company in the social media sector is hoping to construct more »

  • What Fantasy Football Taught Me About Investing

    By Dave Koppenheffer - March 8, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, HD, JNJ

    As a brand new investor, it can be hard to wrap your head around what exactly it is you’re doing. And being perpetually confused -- as I often am -- I've found it best to draw comparisons from things that I do understand. Consider the question: How does one build a portfolio? I pondered the question for a while, and I decided, well, it seems a lot like building a more »

  • Google, Facebook and the Social Media War

    By Nate Wooley - February 28, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, FB, GOOG, LNKD, YELP

    In a move to directly confront social media titan Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) and it's dominance of the market, Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) announced that users of Google+, it's rival social media service, will be able to log in into various sites using a new social log-in feature similar to Facebook's.

    You know the system, or you should. You've likely seen it a thousand times on the web more »

  • Online Review Sites Shouldn't Ignore the Importance of Synergies

    By Joshua Bondy - February 25, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, GOOG, YELP | Editor's Choice

    Everyone loves an underdog story, but the finances are not always encouraging. There are number of small online review sites with upside potential. Regardless, investors should not ignore Google's power and persistence in this online industry. 

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    Angie's List (NASDAQ: ANGI) is like the Rolls Royce of review sites. This company focuses on higher income consumers who are willing to pay for more »

  • When it Comes to Social Media: "Don’t Believe the Hype"

    By Peter Harengel - February 21, 2013 | Tickers: ANGI, FB, FFNTQ, GRPN, ZNGA

    After Zynga (NASDAQ: ZNGA) beat the estimates of Wall Street with its recent earnings and is up sharply, investors should heed the advice of Chuckie D of Public Energy: “Don’t believe the hype.”

    The social media sector consisting of companies such as Zynga, Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), Angie’s List (NASDAQ: ANGI), and FriendFinders Network (NASDAQOTH: FFNTQ) is lacking in one key ingredient: an economic moat, which protects the business more »

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