• Auctions the Next Hot Spot

    By Hyuncha Cho - August 30, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, NYX, BID

    Sotheby’s (NYSE: BID) has to be one of the most compelling investment opportunities around, when considering the fact that it is only one of two major auction houses within the world for high-end collectible pieces of art.

    Why bother in an age of internet

    So, the idea of buying high-end art is sort of similar to poker at a casino. But instead, we associate high-end art purchases with “investing more »

  • Bet Against Apple? That Depends

    By Godiyal .S - August 27, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, AAPL, EBAY, GOOG, MSFT

    Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) invigorating summer continued the first week of August broke above $470 recently, but looked a bit extended based on short-term moving averages. It is currently building a base around the $498 area with some traders seeing support closer to $506. Apple was buoyed in part by an overturning by the White House of a legal defeat by the Samsung company (SSNLF.PK). A quarterly report on tablet more »

  • Amazon and Same Day Delivery

    By Jay Yao - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, WMT

    Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has come a long way from 2001 when it was largely written off as another dot com bust. The web retailer's stock is up more than 20 fold from twelve years ago and near all time highs. Amazon now dominates the book sector that it originally specialized in, and has moved into many tangential sectors with equal success. Can Amazon do the same to one day more »

  • It’s Time to Bid Up Online Retailers

    By Marie Palumbo - August 19, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, PCLN

    Have you ever been to a live auction? The fast-paced environment is the closest some of us might ever get to the floor of the stock exchange. At the center of every auction is an auctioneer. These gifted gabbers are some of the fastest talkers in the world. If you’re not listening intently, it’s easy to lose track of what’s going on.

    Last month eBay (NASDAQ: EBAYmore »)

  • 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 »

  • Can Facebook Gain From Testing Mobile Payment Arena?

    By Chris Moore - August 17, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, FB, GOOG, GRPN, PAY

    You can’t accuse Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) of just resting on its heels, the company just confirmed yet another new product, this time a mobile payment service. In a report from AllThingsD, the company confirmed that it was preparing to test a mobile payment service that allows purchases to be made with just a Facebook login. This isn’t the first time Facebook has tried to get a slice of more »

  • Could 2 New Services Create Billions in Annual Sales?

    By Brian Nichols - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, FB

    In late July, Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) announced plans to utilize video advertising. Then, on August 15, Facebook confirmed to AllThingsD that a payment processing system is in the works. While these two catalysts complement the company’s surprising quarterly beat, and its impressive monetization of mobile, the big question is how fundamentally impactful could these services be?

    Making Progress

    First, let’s acknowledge the fact that Facebook’s valuation has more »

  • A Better Growth Play Than Amazon

    By Dan Moskowitz - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, OSTK

    With its massive growth and market-share-stealing prowess, Amazon.com (NASDAQ: AMZN) looks like an appealing investment. But over each company's time on the market, a similar stock has outperformed the internet retailer's share-price gains. It's also shown shown more consistency than Amazon on its annual top and bottom lines -- and this rival might even have more growth potential going forward.

    A quick look at the scorecard

    If more »

  • Amazon: A SWOT Analysis

    By Ishfaque Faruk - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, GOOG

    A SWOT Analysis gives a much deeper glimpse of a business in terms of its strengths and weaknesses, which are mostly internal, as well as its opportunities and threats, which are largely external.  Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) is making a number of long-term investments to expand its moat across the board, and here's a deeper breakdown of the company's business model which points to a stellar durable competitive advantage more »

  • European Austerity Good for These E-Tailers

    By AnnaLisa Kraft - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY

    Britons are so concerned about paying their bills they are selling their possessions (46%), buying lottery tickets (12%), entering competitions (42%),  and more darkly, getting involved in unethical practices (6%) according to the J.Walter Thompson austerity index released August 8.  It's not just bad in the UK, 90% of the Spanish and French worried about making ends meet.

    Bad times could be good for business

    However, two giant more »

  • Yahoo's Golden Egg Is Alibaba

    By Ishfaque Faruk - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, YHOO

    Yahoo's (NASDAQ: YHOO) shares have been going higher recently. The company's investment portfolio mainly comprised of two marquee holdings, Alibaba and Yahoo Japan have both seen robust top-line and bottom line growth. Investors and analysts alike have stated that the value of Alibaba can be north of $120 billion. Yahoo's share repurchases along with the rising value of Alibaba have been major contributors in the recent run more »

  • MercadoLibre or eBay: Which Is a Better Pick?

    By Joshua Bondy - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, MELI

    MercadoLibre (NASDAQ: MELI) is a popular e-commerce site in Latin America and a good play on their growing middle class. Still, valuation is an important part of the picture. Compared to similar competitors like eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY), MercadoLibre is expensive and carries a number of risks. eBay is not a small company anymore, but it has a number of qualities that make it attractive.

    The bullish case
    The bullish case more »

  • What Is Amazon Worth?

    By Ted Cooper - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY

    No matter how poorly the economy is doing, there will always be plenty of growth stocks for investors to choose among. Growth stocks tend to get the spotlight because of the wide-ranging estimates -- usually very optimistic estimates -- about their futures. However, sometimes the market is not as optimistic as it should be, or at least it offers growth at a reasonable price. Such is the case today for Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZNmore »)

  • Two Tech Stocks Favored by Insiders

    By Jag Mitra - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, T, EBAY, LEAP

    Stock price movements are guided not only by broad economic trends and company policies, but various other factors like institutional interest. Ceteris paribus, increased institutional buying of a stock is an indicator of good things to come. Similarly, insider buying is also considered a positive indicator for a stock. Like any other indicator, I do not use these in isolation. However, in conjunction with the analysis of other factors, these 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 »

  • At $300, Is This Stock Still Attractive?

    By Brian Nichols - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, KR

    For the last seven years, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has been a solid performer. Now the stock has exceeded the price targets of many analysts, is it time to sell the stock

    Why so negative?
    Nearly every bear case I hear with regards to Amazon surrounds either its forward earnings multiple or its margins. However, Amazon is notorious for spending nearly all of its gross profit -- $4.5 billion last quarter more »

  • This Company Has Extraordinary Growth Potential

    By Andrés Cardenal - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, MELI

    MercadoLibre (NASDAQ: MELI) is a leading e-commerce company in Latin America. It has a compelling business model and strong growth opportunities. Currency fluctuations could present some headwinds in the near term, but MercadoLibre is positioned to outperform in the long run.

    The business

    MercadoLibre is usually called “the eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) of Latin America,” and for good reasons. With an ownership of nearly 18%, eBay is a major shareholder in more »

  • Outerwall: Not Your Parents’ Coinstar

    By Matthew Luke - August 13, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, OUTR, SBUX, VZ

    Just last month, Coinstar changed its name to Outerwall (NASDAQ: OUTR) in a move that was symbolic of the many changes that have taken place over the years (especially the past year). The company, initially known for its more than 19,000 Coinstar machines, and later for the 36,000 Redbox DVD rental kiosks, has begun the process of becoming so much more than that. From internet video streaming and more »

  • Does a PayPal Spinoff Make Sense?

    By Timothy Green - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: EBAY, PFE, ZTS

    The ideal situation for a spinoff is when you have a small, fast growing division lodged within a large, slower-growing company. The new, fast-growing company commands a high P/E ratio while the large company is mostly unaffected by the loss of the division. This creates value for shareholders because the sum of the market values of the two companies is now greater than the original company.

    But sometimes, the more »

  • This E-Commerce Company Is Still Good for the Long Run

    By ANUP SINGH - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, EBAY, OSTK

    eBay (NASDAQ: EBAY) has not performed well this year, as its appreciation of just 7% is behind the performance of the broader market. Last month, the company released second-quarter results, which were strong, but all was not great for eBay. Its forecast for the third quarter came in below expectations. Let us see what eBay did last quarter and examine if its weakness just a short-term event.

    Review of the more »

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