Demand Media, Inc.
The Internet bubble has long since past, or so we think. The greater technology sector has lagged the market, but certain Internet stocks are back on the rise, commanding unjustifiable multiples while offering little substance to shareholders.
Various new keywords have driven investment attention towards companies that tout them, and, for some stocks, rightfully so. Some of these keywords are cloud computing, do-it-yourself web design, search engine optimization, and internet more »
As the Internet has matured, new business models have replaced unsuccessful ones. Today, companies like AOL (NYSE: AOL), IAC Interactive (NASDAQ: IACI), and Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) are using ad supported content and subscription services to build lasting businesses.
The Walled Garden
AOL, before its merger with and subsequent separation from Time Warner, was the leading dial up Internet access company. When the Internet was in its infancy, AOL made more »
I'll be honest: I've written content for Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) in the past. I still do occasionally, usually writing about gardening topics. While the company has gotten some bad press in the past about low per-article rates and occasional lapses in quality, the company still does better than many of its peers and has at least been going through the motions of making improvements.
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Few companies have transformed over the past two decades as much as America Online (NYSE: AOL). Once the largest dial-up online service in the United States, the company nearly crumbled after its horrible marriage to Time Warner (NYSE: TWX), only to be reborn as the one of the largest content farms on the Internet. Now, as AOL enters a new age, it is experimenting with hyperlocal news and partnering with more »
As much as I admire everyone’s favorite investor, Warren Buffett, I will never understand his love for newspapers, such as The Washington Post (NYSE: WPO). The Oracle of Omaha has declared that newspapers face three primary challenges:
- They are no longer the first stop for finding information.
- They are more expensive to produce.
- They have given away their content for free online for far too long.
Buffett believes that more »
Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) recently announced its intention to spin-off its domain-name registration division as a separate publicly-traded company, and trim its operations to focus exclusively on content generation.
Although Demand's management team has not yet made any announcements regarding the exact timing and structure of this deal, it appears likely that it execute the spin-off during the fourth quarter of 2013 or the first quarter of 2014.
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If you bought Demand Media (NYSE: DMD) shares on Tuesday’s pre-earnings dip, congratulations! With Wednesday’s 9% pop, now may be a great time to sell. If Demand Media is on your watch list, resist the urge to buy now. I present three reasons that I chalk up Demand Media’s pop as market over-exuberance and why the company’s business model relies on similar questionable strategies even with more »
Yesterday's after-hours trading had a slew of big-time movers that made their jumps for a variety of reasons. I'm looking at these stocks to determine why each traded with such volatility, hopefully identifying some value in the process.
For Once, this Stock is Trading Higher
If you are interested in buying shares of a media advertising business, I recommend looking at turnaround plays and hedging with more diversified picks. Investors should look particularly at the media platform's future in mobile and whether it is taking the right steps to be relevant in the smartphone age. Below, I review two key stocks with this focus in mind.
Why You Should Buy AOL (NYSE: AOL)
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This week Global X Funds celebrates the one year anniversary of their Global X Social Media Index ETF (NASDAQ: SOCL). CEO Bruno del Ama discusses the reasoning behind the fund and considers trends and projections based on previous revolutions in global business.
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Slepko: SOCL tracks the Solactive Social Media Index. What is Global X’s relationship with Solactive and how much input/influence do you have more »
Always a great paper, The New York Times (NYSE: NYT) has been a lousy investment. The publisher of both The New York Times and The Boston Globe, The New York Times, at around $7.80 a share, is well below the $21 mark it traded at in 2008 before the onslaught of The Great Recession. For the early 2000s, The Great Recession was around $50 a share.
Always a great more »
Have you ever typed an ultra-specific search criteria into a search engine? Try searching for “How to restore fruit trees after they've been exposed to cold weather” or “How to remove scratches from vinyl flooring.” The top search results, as of the time of this writing, are articles from eHow.com.
There's been a lot of buzz lately about the imminent IPO of Facebook, with investors hoping that the social networking giant will replicate the success of Google or Microsoft in its heyday. Others urge caution, especially in the face of some of the less-than-stellar Internet-based IPOs that have graced the exchange in the past year.
Household name or not, there's always somebody that's going to talk when people in high-ranking positions leave a company. Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO) just announced the departure of FOUR board members earlier this evening, including the chairman of the board. This announcement comes just a week after Demand Media (NYSE: DMD), another large online company, saw three founders depart.
The Yahoo! departures were announced by chairman Roy Bostock in more »