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    Company & Industry Overviews

    VeriSign’s Return on Assets Stood at 14.4% in 3Q15

    In 3Q15, VeriSign’s (VRSN) return on assets (or ROA) was 14.4% compared to 16.8% for the same period last year and 13.3% in 3Q13.

    By Adam Rogers
  • Technology & Communications

    Why international markets are a big opportunity for Netflix

    Netflix expects 2.15 million net subscriber additions in the fourth quarter. This growth is faster than what Netflix experienced in the U.S.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    Dotcom Bubble 2.0? We Don’t Think So!

    Although tech stocks have been buoyant in 2015, we don’t think that this means the advent of dotcom bubble 2.0. There are some key differences.

    By Russ Koesterich, CFA
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    Must-know: Why did Amazon launch a mobile credit card reader?

    For example, Amazon (AMZN) recently launched a credit card reader. Merchants can use it to conduct payments through a smartphone or tablet.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    What Do the Key Metrics for TripAdvisor Suggest?

    For 3Q16, TRIP’s revenue per shopper fell 12%. This is slightly better than the 24% decline seen in 1Q16 and the 19% decline seen in 2Q16.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Why did eBay’s operating margins continue to decline in 4Q14?

    eBay’s non-GAAP operating margins declined from 29.2% in 4Q13 to 27.7% in 4Q14. eBay still hasn’t recovered from the events that caused the decline.

    By Patricia Garner
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    Technology & Communications

    Things to look out for from Twitter over the next few quarters

    The departure of Twitter’s COO signals that the company is taking active steps to drive growth, and investors should be looking at other announcements from TWTR over its growth as one of the primary drivers of stock price.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Why eBay plans to get its Marketplaces business back on track

    The sudden exit of David Marcus—the former president of eBay’s Paypal division who joined Facebook (FB)—and a decline in search rankings exacerbated the company’s problems.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Breaking Down Expedia’s Q3 2018 Revenue

    Expedia’s (EXPE) revenue rose 10.5% YoY (year-over-year) to $3.28 billion in the third quarter.

    By Anirudha Bhagat
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    Analyzing BEAT, SUPN, ADBE And RHT Stocks

    Growth stock analysis   BioTelemetry BioTelemetry’s (BEAT) net income has declined at a 3-year and 5-year average of 17% and 5.9% respectively. The company’s negative pre-tax margin changed from 5.5% in 2013 to 3.6% in 2017. The stock prices have beaten the diagnostics & research industry and S&P 500 between 2013 and 2017. The market […]

    By Amanda Lawrence
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    Real Insights

    How Digital Assets Could Generate Income

    Blockchain technology holds a lot of promise due to its many advantages such as transparency, faster transactions at lower costs, and a reliable system.

    By VanEck
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    TripAdvisor Valuation: What Is Priced In?

    Currently, TripAdvisor’s (TRIP) forward price-to-earnings ratio stands at 28.0x, which is lower than the 35.6x average valuation seen since its initial stock listing in 2011.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Consumer

    TripAdvisor’s Valuation: What It Means for Investors

    Currently, TripAdvisor’s (TRIP) forward PE ratio is 34.5x, which is mid-level to its all-time high of 50.69x in July 2014 and its all-time low of 17.4 in October 2012.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Consumer

    What Do TripAdvisor’s Key Metric Trends Suggest?

    TripAdvisor’s (TRIP) average monthly unique visitors in 2Q17 rose 18.0% YoY (year-over-year) to 414.0 million users compared to 2Q16.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Why TripAdvisor’s Margins Could Decline in 2017

    TripAdvisor’s (TRIP) adjusted EBITDA decreased from $466 million in 2015 to $352 million in 2016, a decline of 24% year-over-year.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    A Close Look at Trivago’s Business Model

    Trivago combines hotel content from various sources on its platform. These hotels are then displayed to users based on their search criteria.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Trivago Filed for Initial Public Offering: What Does That Mean?

    Trivago, Expedia’s (EXPE) German-based hotel booking site, has filed for an IPO in the United States. It’s seeking to list its ADRs on Nasdaq under the symbol TRVG.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    With Covetable Metrics, Can TRIP Book Revenue Growth in 2H16?

    With 350 million unique visitors and 385 million reviews on 6.6 million accommodations, restaurants, and attractions, TRIP has metrics any travel site would kill to have.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    E*TRADE Expenses Rise, Interest and Provisions Fall

    E*TRADE’s loan portfolio ended the March quarter at $4.7 billion. The portfolio contracted by ~$0.3 billion from the prior quarter.

    By Robert Karr
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    Earnings Report

    Expedia’s Increasing Leverage: What Does It Mean for Investors?

    In its aggressive expansion spree in 2015, Expedia spent more than $6 billion on the completion of its four strategic acquisitions: HomeAway, Travelocity, Orbitz Worldwide, and a majority stake in its joint venture with AirAsia.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Earnings Report

    Can Expedia’s Revenue Growth Continue to Beat Its Peers in 2016?

    Expedia’s growth is dependent on global travel demand, which is expected to grow by 6.7% for 2016 according to IATA. This is despite the uncertain global macroeconomic environment.

    By Ally Schmidt
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    VeriSign’s Market Share Declines Year-over-Year

    VeriSign’s market share has decreased from 52.5% in 2007 to 46.6% at the end of fiscal 2014. It was driven by saturation in the .com domain segment and low acceptance of a .net domain name.

    By Adam Rogers
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    How Is Netflix Performing in Japan?

    Netflix considers Japan to be a brand-sensitive market. Once it establishes its brand, it expects its connection with the Japanese audience to be long term.

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Huge Growth Potential in the Global e-Commerce Market

    The global e-commerce market is expected to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 17 from $1.3 trillion in 2014 to $2.5 trillion by the end of 2018.

    By Adam Rogers
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    Company & Industry Overviews

    Netflix Prefers Original Content over Content Licensing

    Netflix holds the content licensing rights to its original content, but this original content is currently produced by outside studios like Disney’s ABC Studios.

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Macroeconomic Analysis

    The Rising Trend of Online Streaming

    Pay-TV subscribers are watching more content online for convenience. Netflix’s strong original content also explains increasing popularity.

    By Shirley Pelts
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    Fund Managers

    Baupost Group’s Position in eBay Continued to Increase in 4Q14

    The Baupost Group increased its position in eBay (EBAY) during 4Q14. The position accounted for a significant 10.27% of the total portfolio in 4Q14.

    By Samantha Nielson
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    Earnings Report

    Why eBay isn’t worried about a falling take rate

    eBay’s take rate fell from 3.79% in 2Q13 to 3.53% in 2Q14. However, the company isn’t worried about it since take rate is offset by healthy revenue growth.

    By Patricia Garner
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    Earnings Report

    What are Devin Wenig’s strategies to improve eBay Marketplaces?

    To turn around eBay Marketplaces, eBay needs to sharpen its focus on strategies. Marketplaces president Devin Wenig is taking aggressive steps to do that.

    By Patricia Garner
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    Earnings Report

    eBay reveals mixed performance for 4Q14

    eBay reported a mixed fourth-quarter performance with net revenues increasing 9% year-over-year to $4.9 billion but missing estimates by $10 million.

    By Patricia Garner
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    Consumer

    Why Salesforce.com’s Heroku is becoming a popular platform

    Recently, Salesforce.com (CRM) has been quite aggressive in its acquisitions to build its applications portfolio. To further expand its presence in the cloud space, it acquired Heroku in 2010 for $212 million. Heroku is developed on open source technologies like Ruby, Node, PHP, and Python.

    By Anne Shields
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    Must-know: Is an increase in deferred revenues cause for concern?

    Salesforce.com (CRM) has a subscription business. It collects revenue for many of its offerings and applications before services. The company reports that the “deferred revenue” is rendered from its customers. In 2011, deferred revenue formed 65% of its liquid assets. It grew to 95% in 2014.

    By Anne Shields
  • Technology & Communications

    Why acquiring LiveRail will help Facebook’s video ads business

    A few weeks back, Facebook (FB) acquired LiveRail, which is an online video advertising platform that helps customers to monetize their video inventory efficiently.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Technology & Communications

    Must-know: Will Alibaba help Yahoo?

    Before the IPO, Alibaba values itself at $130 billion.

    By Puneet Sikka
  • Technology & Communications

    Must-know: Yahoo’s 2Q14 earnings were disappointing

    The first issue that Yahoo mentioned was the delay in execution of its Yahoo Ad Manager Plus product.

    By Puneet Sikka
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    Technology & Communications

    Why Twitter stock is down over 50% from December 2013 highs

    One of the reason’s that Twitter’s stock price has fallen sharply over the past few months is user growth that hasn’t met the market’s expectations.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Technology & Communications

    Why Twitter’s chief operating officer, Ali Rowghani, resigned

    Ali Rowghani, Twitter’s (TWTR) chief operating officer, or COO, resigned from his post. A filing from Twitter states that Rowghani will remain a Twitter employee and serve as a strategic advisor to the CEO, Dick Costolo.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Technology & Communications

    Twitter stock dropped despite many holders’ pledge not to sell

    Despite approximately 1/3rd of Twitter stockholders pledging not to sell the stock upon expiry, the stock took an unexpected sharp drop on the day.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Technology & Communications

    Must-know update: Why did the Twitter stock drop 18%?

    The expiration of Twitter’s lockup period caused shares to drop sharply on May 6, 2014.

    By Ingrid Pan
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    Technology & Communications

    Why did Twitter’s stock just plunge to $37.66 per share?

    Despite posting earnings above guidance and Wall Street consensus, the stock dropped sharply lower, at $37.66 per share compared to the prior day’s close of $42.62 per share.

    By Ingrid Pan
  • Technology & Communications

    Why Yahoo sees an upside as Marissa Mayer attempts a turnaround

    Yahoo appointed Marissa Mayer, a former Google executive, as CEO in July 2012 to turn the company’s prospects around.

    By Martin Kurlandski, MS
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