• Yelp is to Angie’s List What Facebook was to

    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 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 »

  • Killer Apps

    By J.A. Graham - August 16, 2013 | Tickers: GRMN, OPEN, WTW, YELP

    Weight Watchers (NYSE: WTW) has been shedding market cap faster than clients drop pounds. Since the fourth quarter of 2012, it’s been a story of disappearing subscribers and slowing growth for this membership driven weight loss service.

    WTW rose from its zombie–like performance in 2008-2010, to dazzle the market with lively growth in 2011 and a subsequent resurrection of its market cap and its price. The growth was more »

  • 4 Stocks to Play the Mobile Ad Market

    By Chris Moore - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, MM, YELP

    Facebook’s (NASDAQ: FB) recent earnings release confirmed one thing that investors have suspected all along: mobile is the future. More precisely, monetized mobile is the future, which usually means serving quality ads to mobile devices. Facebook isn’t the only company to be interested in tackling this monumental task, with competitors ranging from tech giants Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) all the way to smaller niche competitors like Yelp (NYSE: YELP more »

  • Are These Top Internet Stocks Still a Buy?

    By Brian Nichols - August 14, 2013 | Tickers: WBMD, YELP, YY, Z

    The Internet Services space has been one of the top performing sectors of 2013, increasing more than 75%. In many ways, the performance is reminiscent of the dot-com era; the only difference is that internet companies today have actual growth -- not just speculation. With that said, certain internet stocks have played a larger role in driving this industry higher, but do these stocks have more upside in store?

    Online real more »

  • Can These 2 Companies Grow in the Shadow of Google and Facebook?

    By Leo Sun - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, GRPN, YELP

    It wasn’t that long ago when all hope seemed lost for daily deals site Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) and local recommendations site Yelp (NYSE: YELP). Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) had introduced new features that threatened to undermine their very existence. Google integrated its “Places” feature directly into Google Maps, and introduced a Groupon-like daily deals service, Google Offers. Not to be left behind by its nemesis, Facebook more »

  • Can Zillow and Trulia Go Much Higher in Share Price?

    By Michael Carter - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: TRLA, YELP, Z

    Applications for new home sales increased by 14% in July to an estimated 43,000 new home sales despite mortgage rates rising in recent months. Also on the rise are real estate marketplace websites that connect buyers with sellers and lenders. This market opportunity is estimated to be $29 billion. Both Zillow Inc (NASDAQ: Z) and Trulia Inc (NYSE: TRLA) have been placed at center stage in this industry after more »

  • 3 Questions for Groupon's New CEO

    By John McKenna - August 12, 2013 | Tickers: GRPN, YELP, ZNGA

    Struggling coupon giant Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), made headlines by promoting Eric Lefkofsky to the role of CEO, replacing the ousted Andrew Mason. This gave Groupon a post earnings boost, with the share price jumping 19%, as well as a $300 million share buyback. For some, this bit of positive news can be seen as a start of Groupon’s recovery after two brutal post-IPO years, but new competition, and recent more »

  • Will LinkedIn's Valuation Ever Make Sense?

    By Jacob Steinberg - August 11, 2013 | Tickers: FB, LNKD, YELP

    LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) is a stock that just keeps going up, up and up. Every time the company beats the arbitrary estimates of the analysts, it keeps being pumped up to the moon as if it wasn't overvalued the begin with. Even though much of the company's current and future success is already baked in the share price, investors still act as if they are greatly surprised every more »

  • Is This Unprofitable IT Stock a Disaster in the Making?

    By Adrian Campos - August 10, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, YELP

    Memorize this name: Yelp (NYSE: YELP). As you can easily realize after checking the one month stock performance of Yelp, there's absolutely nothing normal about this stock: a 65.52% increase in 30 trading days took Yelp's market cap to $3.35 billion, way above Zynga ($2.34 billion) and close to once glorious BlackBerry ($5.02 billion). 

    You might be wondering how high the price-to-earnings ratio of more »

  • How Local Advertising Matters for These Global Brands

    By John McKenna - August 9, 2013 | Tickers: FB, LNKD, YELP

    Former Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill famously said “All politics is local.” To be successful politically, you have to put your constituents’ concerns and needs first. They put you in office, and they can remove you just as quickly. In the financial world, social media has helped websites and mobile apps become international business by emphasizing local businesses. Not only is this a big money making strategy, it more »

  • Three Questions for Groupon's New CEO

    By John McKenna - August 8, 2013 | Tickers: GRPN, YELP, ZNGA

    Struggling coupon giant Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN), made headlines this week by promoting Eric Lefkofsky to the role of CEO, replacing the ousted Andrew Mason. This gave Groupon a post earnings boost, with the share price jumping 19%, as well as a $300 million share buyback. For some, this bit of positive news can be seen as a start of Groupon’s recovery after two brutal post-IPO years, but new competition more »

  • A Bullish Second Quarter for These Social Networks

    By Anh HOANG - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: FB, LNKD, YELP

    For most investors, LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) is extremely expensive in terms of financial valuation. It is currently trading at as much as 20.3 times its sales and more than 100 times its forward earnings. However, since its IPO in the middle 2011, LinkedIn’s share price has been on the rise, from $93 to $213. Recently, it experienced a significant daily increase of 7% to nearly $228 in after-hours more »

  • Is Europe the Next Big Bet?

    By Ryan Gilbert - August 7, 2013 | Tickers: CMG, NFLX, YELP

    International prospects have been a huge factor for investors lately. But with Asian growth being cut, it raises concerns that the Pacific gravy train won't last forever. What about the Euro-zone? Is expansion there viable? Or is it all doomed for years to come?

    The Euro-zone's contraction-stage business cycle isn't going to be pumping out growth numbers like China any time soon. But identifying potential before others more »

  • 3 Friday Upgrades: What Do These Analysts See?

    By Brian Nichols - August 5, 2013 | Tickers: GRPN, LNKD, YELP

    On Friday, analysts upgraded three of the more controversial stocks in the market. These stocks have all seen massive gains in 2013. With that said, why upgrade now?

    Does Growth Warrant Valuation?

    LinkedIn (NYSE: LNKD) soared 10.6% to new highs on Friday, despite showing further signs of decelerating year-over-year revenue growth. The company posted a strong quarter that met expectations, but guidance was soft.

    Cantor was one of three more »

  • 3 Hot Stocks Trading at Insane Valuations

    By Sam Mattera - August 3, 2013 | Tickers: FB, TSLA, YELP

    Facebook (NASDAQ: FB), Yelp (NYSE: YELP), and Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) have all performed stunningly well over the last year. Shares are up an incredible 58%, 360%, and 164%, respectively.

    But, despite the positive catalysts that have sent shares higher, all three stocks show signs of being overvalued. While investors in these companies have enjoyed great returns, further upside may be limited.

    Facebook’s round-trip

    After a difficult year, Facebook shares more »

  • Would You Pay $10 a Month for Ad-Free Facebook?

    By Bill Shamblin - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: FB, GOOG, YELP

    According to a recent  Greenlight survey, 8% of Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) users are willing to pay up to $10 a month for an ad-free Facebook experience. Additionally, 15% of users are willing to pay "some amount" to have ads removed. What does this mean for Facebook?


    Based on the advertising success of the company's mobile news feeds, Facebook in March, redesigned user news feeds across all devices to more »

  • Groupon: More Room to Run?

    By Ishfaque Faruk - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: AMZN, GRPN, YELP

    Daily deals pioneer, Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) is increasingly becoming more of an e-commerce company, compared to its core e-mail deals business. The company has undergone a number of changes in its business model, changed its management and founder CEO, and has developed a very strong position in mobile. The recent changes in the company’s business saw renewed optimism surrounding Groupon’s stock price, which is up more than 83 more »

  • Can This Company Become Profitable This Year?

    By Ishfaque Faruk - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, TRIP, YELP

    Rapidly growing consumer reviews platform Yelp (NYSE: YELP) has been a strong performer in 2013, with its stock price up more than 123% so far. The company has seen large increases in levels of user traffic to its platform. The company has built up a robust reputation among consumers by making its platform more social, and has a phenomenal position on mobile to keep up with secular shifts.

    Strong revenue more »

  • Why Online Dining Is Not So Hot

    By Adrian Campos - August 2, 2013 | Tickers: GRPN, OPEN, YELP

    What do Yelp (NYSE: YELP), OpenTable (NASDAQ: OPEN) and Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) have in common? Well, in various degrees, all of these companies have exposure to the online dining segment. At first glance, this market looks highly attractive. At least in America, it seems that more users are using the Internet and apps to make their online reservations, read restaurant reviews and earn points for free meals. 

    Attracted by the more »

  • Want to Make Money on Internet, Go Local

    By Ash Sharma - August 1, 2013 | Tickers: GOOG, GRPN, YELP

    When Groupon (NASDAQ: GRPN) first came for an IPO, its business model was heavily criticized. Some commentators even called it a ponzi scheme. The stock also reacted negatively and lost a significant amount of its value going all the way from $26 in November 2011 to $2.60 in November 2012.

    The stock has recovered since then and is now trading at $8.71. Bears have a lot of reasons more »

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