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PayPal Inspired By Chinese Payment Apps
Facilitating payments isn’t enough At the Credit Suisse 21st Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, PayPal (PYPL) chief financial officer John Rainey stated that the company aims to become an everyday part of customers’ financial lives. To insert itself into customers’ routines, PayPal acknowledges that it cannot limit itself to its roots of facilitating payments for […]
Smart Speakers: How Google’s Market Has Transformed
Alphabet (GOOGL) has several branches, and Google is the branch that looks after its smart speaker business.
Is a Sale of Twitter in the Cards?
Faced with stiff competition for online marketing budgets, slowing revenue and user growth, and a falling stock price, Twitter (TWTR) seems to be battling a huge storm.
EU Fine Had a Huge Impact on Alphabet’s Profitability
Facebook’s net profit was $3.9 billion in 2Q17, up from $2.3 billion in the corresponding quarter a year earlier.
Google Outlines Plans to Comply with EU Orders
Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google submitted to the European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union (EZU), a plan on how it will stop favoring its own shopping services in its Internet search results.
A Look at Amazon Stock
Amazon’s (AMZN) 2017 book value per share of $51.30 compares to the expected book value per share of $52.50 for 2018.
Alphabet Tapped Technology That Could Lead to Better Smartphones
Google could use Redux’s technology to develop better smartphones to bolster its competition in the global smartphone market where it trails Apple and Samsung.
Why Alibaba Stock Fell Following Its 3Q18 Earnings Release
Alibaba’s (BABA) stock fell about 6.2% on February 1—the day the company released its fiscal 3Q18 (December quarter) earnings.
Amazon: What about the Sales Tax Ruling?
Amazon incurred $49.1 billion in operating expenses in the first quarter, including costs tied to its cloud computing business.
Twitter’s Fundamental Analysis for 2017
Deciphering Twitter’s comprehensive valuations Twitter (TWTR) has an EV (enterprise value) of ~$10.2 billion. Among its peers, PayPal (PYPL), Baidu (BIDU), Square (SQ), and Groupon (GRPN) have enterprise values of ~$68.1 billion, ~$73.9 billion, ~$9.2 billion, and ~$1.9 billion, respectively. Twitter’s EV-to-adjusted-EBITDA[1. enterprise value to earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization] multiple for the trailing 12 […]
Baidu’s and Google’s Scorecards Side-by-Side
Baidu (BIDU) and Google have a lot of similarities. It’s no wonder Baidu has earned itself the nickname of the “Google of China.”
Why BTIG Is Bullish on PayPal
PayPal (PYPL) could have bright prospects despite the competitive threat it faces from Square and Apple in the online payment market, according to equity research firm BTIG.
Why Google Can’t Take Any Chances with YouTube
It comes as no surprise that Google is spending hundreds of millions of dollars every year to review content on its platforms such as YouTube.
Potential Dangers: Twitter and Fake News
Twitter (TWTR) is considering rolling out a feature that could empower its users to report misleading or deceitful news stories, according to a Washington Post report.
Could Alibaba Hit a New Peak?
Alibaba (BABA) has returned -2.02% in the last month, 20.2% in the last 12 months, and 5.9% in the last five days.
Twitter Ending Support for Its Apple Computers App
Twitter (TWTR) announced in mid-February that it would be dismantling its app for Apple desktop computers.
Here’s How Wall Street Views Groupon
Several Wall Street companies have weighed in on Groupon (GRPN) since the company released its 4Q17 results back in February.
Why Investors Are Watching Twitter’s Audience
Monthly active users Investors are on high alert as Twitter’s (TWTR) 3Q17 release approaches. Last quarter, Twitter failed to grow its audience base meaningfully, and going by how the market reacted to the report, investors were not impressed. Twitter went into 2Q17 with 328 million MAUs (monthly active users), and it came out of the quarter […]
Did Alphabet’s Profitability Improve in Q4?
Soaring traffic acquisition costs and rising product development and marketing expenditures have weighed on Alphabet’s operating margins in recent years.
A Look at Twitter’s Stock Analysis
Twitter reported earnings per share of -$0.70 in 2017, while its EPS for 2018 is forecast to be $0.40.
Eyes Are on Instagram as Facebook Reports 4Q16 Earnings
As Facebook (FB) reports its 4Q16 results, all eyes are on the company’s mobile revenue. FB has begun taking steps to monetize its other mobile properties such as Instagram.
How Facebook Plans to Address Content Disputes
Facebook (FB) has once again reiterated its ambitions to become the leading content supplier in the social media space.
Has Europe’s GDPR Law Affected Google’s Ad Business?
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) came into force on May 25.
Is Amazon’s Whole Foods Living up to Expectations?
Amazon paid $13.7 billion to acquire Whole Foods in a move that was viewed as in sync with its expansion into the food business.
Why Snap Hasn’t Been Pleased with Spectacles’ Performance
Findings of a recent small survey paint a disturbing picture for Snap’s (SNAP) Spectacles smart glasses business.
Did Flipkart Reject Amazon’s Offer?
Amazon (AMZN) had expressed interest in acquiring Flipkart to try to keep Walmart (WMT) away from India’s fast-growing online retail sector.
Snap May Challenge Sony In This $125 Billion Market
Snap (SNAP) is poised to release its second-quarter results amid speculations of the company taking a deeper plunge into gaming.
How Analysts View Alphabet
With a book value per share of $219.60, Alphabet is trading at a price-to-book multiple of 4.8x.
How Offshore Expansion Is Testing Facebook
With the exception of China (MCHI) and North Korea, Facebook’s (FB) social media services are available worldwide, giving the company a global subscriber base of ~2.0 billion users.
Twitter Works to Ban Abusive Speech
Twitter (TWTR) is gearing up to tighten rules to foster healthier conversations on its platform and curb toxic speech.
Facebook: There Remains a Need for Revenue Diversification
According to eMarketer, Facebook (FB) took 19.9% of total US digital advertising funds in 2017, and Google (GOOGL) took 38.6%.
What Steps Has Alphabet Taken with Its EU Fine?
Alphabet reported net profits of $3.5 billion in 2Q17, down from $4.9 billion in 3Q16 due to the fine.
PayPal Reduced Its Reliance on eBay in Q3 2018
In the third quarter, eBay accounted for 11.0% of PayPal’s total payment volume, which was down from 13.0% in the third quarter of 2017.
Chart in Focus: Alphabet’s Returns and Stock Trends
On May 12, 2017, Alphabet (GOOGL) generated investor returns of 30.1% on a trailing 12-month basis.
Baidu’s Big Plans in Shanghai
Baidu (BIDU) has formed an AI partnership with the city of Shanghai.
Becoming Profitable Is High on Snap’s Agenda
Snap, which went public in March 2017, looks focused on accelerating its path to profitability.
Baidu Unit Cleared to Sell Mutual Funds
Du Xiaoman Financial, Baidu’s (BIDU) financial services subsidiary, has been cleared to enter the business of selling mutual funds in China.
Are Alphabet’s Cloud Investments Bearing Fruit?
While announcing its plans for three new undersea cable systems and five new cloud regions, Google also disclosed that it had invested $30 billion into expanding its cloud infrastructure over the last three years.
A Look at a Technical Analysis of Amazon
On May 22, 2017, 2.6 million shares of Amazon (AMZN) exchanged hands, and the stock rose 1.1% to close at ~$970.7.
Analyzing Twitter’s Latest Stock Performance
Twitter’s EV-to-adjusted EBITDA (enterprise value to adjusted earnings before interested, tax, depreciation, and amortization) for the trailing 12 months is 68.1x.
Can Google Make $20 Billion Selling Hardware?
Amid tightening competition for advertising dollars, there is growing pressure on Google to diversify its revenue sources.
Alibaba Raises Stakes for Zynga in India
As Zynga (ZNGA) prepares to report its 4Q17 results, Alibaba (BABA) and India (INDA) are in the minds of many investors who have followed recent developments.
Analyzing Alibaba’s Fundamentals
On December 19, Alibaba (BABA) stock opened at $140.75 and closed at $137.14, posting an average volume of 27.24 million.
What PayPal Could Offer Investors in 2018
PayPal grows faster than its parent, eBay PayPal (PYPL) outperformed several of its main challengers in 2017. While the stock rose 86.5%, Square (SQ) rose 154.4%, Amazon (AMZN) rose 56%, and Apple (AAPL) rose 46.1%. Alternative loan peer LendingClub (LC) fell 21.3% in 2017. PayPal’s parent, eBay (EBAY), saw its stock rise 27.1%. Could investors expect […]
Why Alphabet’s Earnings Dropped in 2Q17
Alphabet’s EPS (earnings per share) of $9.36 in 4Q16 was $0.26 below consensus expectations despite increasing from $8.67 in 4Q15.
Google’s Smart Speaker Star Continues to Rise
Google’s smart speaker unit shipments soared 420% year-over-year in the second quarter.
Why Facebook Has Been in Talks with Banks Lately
According to Reuters, Facebook (FB) is currently in discussions with banks about improving customer service through its apps.
Twitter’s Data Business Continues to Roar
In the wake of the Facebook (FB) privacy scandals earlier this year, Twitter (TWTR) had a bit of explaining to do.
How Playing Nice with Publishers Could Ease Alphabet’s Pain
Google could have a much easier time policing its platforms to keep false news, so-called “fake news,” and other inappropriate content at bay.
Where Snap Won and Lost to the Competition in 4Q17
Snap (SNAP), the parent of photo-sharing app Snapchat, reported a significant improvement in revenue for 4Q17.
Is Facebook the Reason Snapchat Is Running to Hardware?
If hardware products appeal to social media users, then Snap as well as Facebook will both enter the business. It won’t be an easy road for Snap.
How Alibaba Is Expanding in Media and Advertising
Alibaba (BABA) is scheduled to report its fiscal Q1 2019 results on August 23.
Is Alphabet’s Africa Push Paying Off?
In 3Q17, Alphabet reported EMEA revenues of $9.1 billion, implying a growth of 23% YoY (year-over-year).
Alibaba’s Modified Ant Financial Agreement
Alibaba’s (BABA) big news in early 2018 was that the Chinese e-commerce giant was swapping its profit share in Ant Financial for an equity stake in the business.
Is Alphabet Pushing Investors away from Uber?
The Waymo litigation, the leadership crisis, and escalating competition appear to be scaring investors away from Uber.
How Facebook’s Video Approach Differs from YouTube
Facebook (FB) is betting on video to drive its growth in the coming years.
Can Twitter Succeed in the Local Advertising Market?
As small- and medium-sized enterprises go online to bolster their customer exposure, the local advertising market is heating up with competition, and Twitter (TWTR) is one of the providers stoking the fire.
How Baidu’s AI Push Has Affected Its Costs
Baidu’s (BIDU) expenses have risen steadily in recent years with notable increases in the cost of revenue and R&D (research and development) spending.
A Look at Alibaba’s Technicals
Alibaba’s 14-day RSI (relative strength index) was 75 compared to 87, 67, 84, and 96 for peers Twitter, Amazon, Facebook, and Alphabet, respectively.
What’s at Stake as Yandex Expands in Israel?
Yandex (YNDX) is on track to launch its Yandex.Music service in Israel in the coming weeks, the Times of Israel has reported.
Baidu’s Profit Margins Fall Due to Increased Investments
Shrinking profit margins have raised concerns about Baidu’s (BIDU) long-term prospects. Baidu’s operating margins trended downward last year.
Why Google Is Ending Forced Arbitration for Employees
Google has long required its employees to settle their claims against the company through arbitration.
Silver Lining for Baidu in China’s Economic Gloom
China has been struggling with an economic slowdown recently in the midst of trade frictions with the United States.
What’s behind Amazon’s Job Plan?
During Amazon’s 4Q16 earnings call, the management didn’t offer a detailed explanation about how it would create the additional 100,000 full-time jobs it promised last month.
How Snap Stock Stacks Up
What’s Snap’s economic value? Snap (SNAP) boasts an enterprise value (or EV) of $14.3 billion. Peers FireEye (FEYE), IBM (IBM), Symantec (SYMC), and Oracle (ORCL) have EVs of $2.5 billion, $176.8 billion, $22.1 billion, and $190.6 billion, respectively. Snap’s trailing-12-month EV-to-sales ratio is 20.3x, and its EV-to-projected-sales ratio for the next year is 11.0x. Snap’s price […]
Why Japan Is Important to Twitter
Japan is Twitter’s (TWTR) second-largest market after the United States.
Amazon Go Could Raise Employment Question
Amazon’s (AMZN) automated Amazon Go store concept could improve the experience of shoppers, but it might also raise job creation questions.
Is Alibaba’s Stock Repurchase Program Secure?
Back in May 2017, Alibaba (BABA) announced a plan to repurchase its own shares to the tune of $6.0 billion over two years.
Alibaba Follows Chinese Tourists on US Trips
Alipay for US taxis Alibaba (BABA), through its payments affiliate Ant Financial, recently inked a deal to expand its mobile payment business in the United States (SPY). Ant Financial announced that it was partnering with Verifone, a US-based payments technology provider, to enable thousands of taxis in the United States to accept payments through Alipay. […]
PayPal Invests in Raisin—More Could Follow
PayPal finished 3Q17 with 218 million active customer accounts globally, most of which are consumer accounts that could use Raisin’s savings deposit marketplace.
Amazon’s Rivals Borrow from Its Playbook
Amazon disclosed in April that its Prime program had attracted over 100 million members globally.
Amazon Selects 20 Finalists in Its HQ2 Location Search
Amazon (AMZN) closed 3Q17 with 541,900 employees around the world.
How Much Does Twitter Rely on Advertising?
In 3Q17, Twitter generated advertising revenues of $503.0 million. In that quarter, the company generated total revenues of $590.0 million.
These Developments Sent Zynga Soaring in May
As of June 9, Zynga’s (ZNGA) shares had risen 44.4% since the start of 2017, with the stock’s best month so far being May.
Google Out to Tackle a $376 Billion Problem
Alphabet (GOOGL) units Google and Verify have partnered on a program to tackle vision loss.
Why Zynga’s Mobile Push May or May Not Pay Off
Zynga (ZNGA), like other game developers such as Electronic Arts (EA) and Glu Mobile (GLUU), has been making an aggressive mobile push.
Twitter’s 2018 Spending Plan: What You Should Know
While in 2017, Twitter was focused on driving profit margin improvements, in 2018, driving growth is going to take the center stage.
Will Baidu Expand Its Stock Repurchase Program?
In June last year, Baidu (BIDU) launched a stock repurchase program under which it planned to return as much as $1.0 billion to its shareholders in a period of one year.
Amazon’s Relative Strength and Analysts’ Recommendations
Of the 47 analysts covering Amazon (AMZN), 41 have given it “buy” recommendations, one has given it a “sell” recommendation, and five have given it “hold” recommendations.
Synchrony Deal Added $0.25 to PayPal’s Earnings
In November 2017, PayPal announced that it decided to sell its US consumer loan business to Synchrony.
Cloud Arms Race Continues as Amazon Opens Argentina Office
Amazon (AMZN) is expanding its cloud footprint in Latin America as it pursues growth overseas.
How PayPal Views P2P Competition from Apple
At its Worldwide Developer Conference event, Apple (AAPL) announced it would add a new peer-to-peer (or P2P) payment service to its iMessage chat app.
Why Airbus Abandoned Microsoft Office for Google Docs
Airbus is flying out of Microsoft’s (MSFT) Office environment, and the destination is Google.
Yelp Wi-Fi and Nowait Could Cause $25 Million Loss in 2018
Yelp (YELP) is hoping that Yelp Wi-Fi and Nowait, the two businesses it acquired about a month apart in 2017, will drive long-term growth and profitability by enabling it to capture more local advertising budgets.
Revisiting PayPal–Amazon Payment Partnership Talks
PayPal’s (PYPL) chief financial officer, John Rainey, mentioned partnering with Amazon (AMZN) during a recent Credit Suisse technology event. He didn’t clarify whether the companies were still in active talks.
eBay and Adyen Are More Than Payment Partners
When eBay (EBY) announced earlier this year that Dutch company Adyen was replacing PayPal (PYPL) as its primary payments processor, something was not discussed.
Square’s Credit Business Is Fueling Top-Line Growth
Beyond processing transactions for merchants, Square (SQ) also supplies business loans to its merchant customers through a service called Square Capital.
A Look at Groupon’s Marketing Strategy
Groupon (GRPN) is pumping millions of dollars (UUP) into marketing and customer acquisition efforts as it seeks to conquer the North American daily deals market.
Making Sense of Amazon’s Atlanta Fulfillment Facility Plans
Amazon (AMZN) is looking to build a new distribution center in Atlanta, according to an Atlanta Business Chronicle report citing sources familiar with the plans.
Amazon Expands Its Book Business with Brick-and-Mortar Stores
Amazon (AMZN) recently opened several bookstores in strategic locations in the US, including New York City.
An Overview of Alphabet’s Debt
In 2016, Alphabet issued a ten-year bond to raise $2 billion to pay off some short-term debts.
PayPal Expands Its Cashback Rewards
PayPal (PYPL) is introducing a new cashback credit card. The digital payment company has teamed up with Synchrony Bank (SYF) to launch the PayPal Cashback Mastercard.
Inside Facebook’s Top 3 Priorities
Investment research firm Zenith estimates that worldwide spending on online video ads rose 23.0% to $27.2 billion in 2017.
Zynga’s Prospects in the Mobile Gaming Industry
Zynga closed 3Q17 with 19 million daily active users (or DAUs) on mobile, indicating that its mobile audience grew 19% YoY year-over-year.
Why Is Amazon Opening Physical Bookstores?
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the global book market could grow to $121.1 billion by 2020, up from $114.8 billion in 2016.
Why Square’s Investors Should Keep a Close Eye on Eventbrite
Square (SQ) is a corporate investor in online ticketing company Eventbrite (EB), which went public in September 2018.
When Will Alphabet’s Other Bets Stop Losing Money?
Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Other Bets segment continues to feed off Google, which is the source of all the profits Alphabet reports.
How PayPal Won Alibaba’s Business
PayPal (PYPL) has partnered with AliExpress, a marketplace owned by Alibaba (BABA). PayPal is helping merchants on AliExpress accept payment from international consumers.
Why Would Alibaba Invest in Self-Driving Technology?
According to China Daily, citing data compiled by McKinsey, China is poised to be the world’s largest market for driverless vehicles in the next decade.
Why PayPal Is Willing to Sacrifice for PayPal Credit
PayPal Credit allows PayPal (PYPL) users to purchase products from PayPal merchants and pay later.