Tech Roundup: DXC, ORCL, and GRPN Slump Today
Today, the DJIA rose 122 points and the S&P 500 Index gained 0.6%. However, tech stocks Oracle (ORCL), DXC Technology, and Groupon lagged the market.
Why Is Yelp Stock Trading Higher Today?
According to a Wall Street Journal report, online deals company Groupon is looking to acquire Yelp, as shareholders are growing restless.
Five Tech Stocks that Are Risky for Investors
Let’s look at five tech stocks that are trading at 52-week lows (some are at all-time lows) and are still way too risky for investors.
Tech Stocks in Freefall—Recession Ahead?
The broader indices are bleeding today, and tech stocks are also trading in the red. Should you be worried about a looming recession?
Amazon Fines Third-Party Sellers, Enacts Packaging Rules
Amazon’s sustainable packaging plan for third-party sellers becomes effective September 1. AMZN has trimmed 244,000 tons of packaging material in 10 years.
Groupon Hires New Marketing Boss amid Tight Competition
Groupon (GRPN) has hired a new chief marketing officer.
What’s Expected to Drive Groupon Stock Higher?
Groupon (GRPN) has been in the middle of a turnaround over the last few years.
What to Expect from Groupon’s Revenue and Earnings Growth
Groupon’s (GRPN) sales have been falling over the last few years, as the company has exited unprofitable international markets.
What Do Analysts Expect from Groupon?
Groupon has managed to beat analysts’ earnings estimates in two of the last four quarters.
Groupon Stock Is Up Over 11% in 2019
Groupon (GRPN) stock has fallen close to 84% since its IPO way back in November 2011.
Why Groupon Wants to Maintain a Smaller Creative Team
Groupon (GRPN) laid off some employees in its creative services team last month.
Why Luxury Brands Are Choosing Alibaba over Amazon
In the race to grow their online presences, global luxury brands are choosing to work with Alibaba (BABA) instead of Amazon.
How eBay Will Use AI to Drive Marketplace Sales
eBay is also leveraging the power of artificial intelligence to drive gains in the business.
Alibaba Wraps Up Dispute over Alibabacoin Trademark
Alibaba (BABA) has taken over the Alibabacoin trademark from a Dubai firm that it had accused of brand squatting.
Did Twitter Pass Up a Chance to Avoid BlackBerry Litigation?
BlackBerry (BB) sued Twitter (TWTR) last month in a patent infringement dispute.
Are Bezos Rumors Starting to Affect Amazon?
Amazon’s revenue rose 20% YoY (year-over-year) to $72.4 billion in last year’s fourth quarter.
What Drew PayPal to MercadoLibre?
PayPal (PYPL) announced on March 11 that it would invest $750 million in the purchase of an equity stake in MercadoLibre (MELI).
How Will eBay Fund Its Dividend Program?
eBay (EBAY) is planning to pay $0.14 in dividends to its shareholders in March.
Amazon’s Brand New Headwind: Counterfeiting
Counterfeiting has made it to Amazon’s (AMZN) list of risk factors that are worth bringing to the attention of regulators.
How Did Groupon Stock Perform on December 26?
Shares of Internet company Groupon (GRPN) rose 9.4% to close at $3.14 on December 26.
How eBay Has Expanded Its Authentication Service
This month, eBay (EBAY) reported that it is continuing to expand its luxury goods authentication service.
What Are Groupon’s Three Priority Areas?
Groupon (GRPN) turned ten years old this month.
Groupon Continued to Slide Yesterday with Fall of 10.6%
Groupon stock (GRPN) fell 10.6% on November 7 to close at $2.92.
Groupon Stock Continues Steep Decline
Groupon (GRPN) fell 8.5% on October 19 to close trading at $3.22.
Caviar: Square’s Omnichannel Driver
Square (SQ) is set to release its third-quarter results at a time when Caviar is taking a position as a key piece of its omnichannel strategy.
Why GrubHub Is Buying Tapingo
GrubHub (GRUB) has struck a deal to acquire campus food-ordering platform Tapingo.
Where Amazon 4-star Fits in with Amazon’s Strategy
Toward the end of September, Amazon (AMZN) opened a new store called Amazon 4-star in a New York City neighborhood.
IBM and Groupon’s Dispute Has Been Resolved
On October 1, IBM finally resolved its patent litigation case with Groupon (GRPN). Groupon paid IBM ~$57 million as a settlement.
Groupon-IBM Patent Dispute Continues
In addition to finding that Groupon infringed on IBM patents, the jury also said that Groupon did so intentionally.
Why JD.com Has a Strong Appetite for Thai Products
JD.com (JD) is seeking as many Thai products as possible to sell to consumers through its online platform.
What eBay Is Doing after Signing Square for Seller Loans
eBay (EBAY) has embarked on a program to get more traders to sell on its marketplace.
Nokia Expects Royalties of as Much as $3.5 for Every 5G Phone
Vendors such as Nokia are expecting to make money from the arrival of 5G network technology by licensing patents for 5G mobile phones.
Delaware Jury Favors IBM over Groupon in Patent Infringement Case
IBM holds more than 45,000 patents, some of which it has licensed to other companies at a fee.
IBM Lawsuit against Groupon Leads to $83 Million Fine
Groupon disagreed with a jury verdict that it willfully infringed on several patents owned by IBM. Groupon’s options include an appeal.
Inside the Yelp-Gather Partnership
Yelp (YELP) recently partnered with event management startup Gather on a program known as Gather Booking Network.
IBM Won Groupon’s Patent Infringement Lawsuit
On July 27, IBM (IBM) won $83 million in a patent dispute case against online coupon company Groupon (GRPN).
Why Did IBM Slam Groupon with a Patent Lawsuit?
On July 17, IBM (IBM) charged Groupon (GRPN) with $167 million in a lawsuit for infringing four of its patents. Let’s take a closer look.
Groupon May Have Retreated to Gather Momentum
Despite reporting first-quarter results that topped estimates and announcing a fresh repurchase program, Groupon (GRPN) still tumbled in the first half.
What’s Been the Impact of Google’s Waze Local Ad Program?
In late March, Alphabet’s (GOOGL) Google formally launched the Waze local advertising program.
Analyzing Baidu’s Fundamentals
In 2017, Baidu (BIDU) had an EV (enterprise value) of $79.1 billion, while Internet peers Yandex (YNDX), PayPal (PYPL), Groupon (GRPN), and Square (SQ) had EVs of $10.8 billion, $95.6 billion, $1.9 billion, and $24.2 billion, respectively.
How Zynga Is Returning Value to Shareholders
Share repurchase programs are part of Zynga’s ongoing capital allocation strategy that ties in with the company’s commitment to deliver long-term shareholder value.
PayPal’s Technical Indicators
PayPal (PYPL) boasted an enterprise value of $92.8 billion in 2017.
Here’s What Wall Street Is Saying about Groupon
With Groupon’s (GRPN) 1Q18 earnings report around the corner, Wall Street seems divided on the company’s prospects.
Groupon Has Been Boosting Its Marketing Budget
The marketing budget is not only one of the larger expenses at Groupon (GRPN) but also one of the company’s fast-growing cost components.
What Did Groupon Do with Its $135 Million Repurchase Budget?
Groupon (GRPN) closed 2017 with $135.2 million shares remaining under its current share repurchase program.
How a Yelp-GrubHub Deal Could Impact Groupon
Groupon is scheduled to report its 1Q18 earnings results less than two months after its partner GrubHub completed a platform integration with Yelp.
Groupon and Universal Orlando Partner on Theme Park Ticket Sales
Groupon (GRPN) is gearing up to report its 1Q18 financial results after recently striking a deal that could stimulate growth in its Travel business.
Would You Regret Selling Yelp?
Yelp (YELP) was trading ~5.5% above its 100-day moving average on May 2.
Yelp Observes Changes in Restaurant Industry
In its latest economic outlook report, Yelp (YELP) stated that Charleston, South Carolina, recorded the fastest increase in the number of local businesses in 4Q17.
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.
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.
Groupon and Gun Control: What You Need to Know
Groupon (GRPN) decided years ago that guns were not its thing.
Inside Groupon’s Swelling Marketing Budget
Recently, Groupon has been investing significantly in marketing activities, where its initiatives have combined online and offline campaigns.
How Groupon’s Valuation Compares
Groupon (GRPN) has generated investor returns of 1.4% in the last month and 10.4% in the last 12 months.
What Groupon’s Hebron Facility Lease Renewal Means
Groupon (GRPN) will continue to call Northern Kentucky home after renewing the lease for its fulfillment hub in Hebron, Kentucky.
A Look at Groupon’s Top Line and What to Expect in 2018
Groupon’s (GRPN) priority is to improve profitability.
What To Know About Groupon’s Stock Buyback Program
Between 2015 and the end of 2017, Groupon returned $669 million to shareholders through stock buybacks.
What You Should Know about eBay’s Repurchase Program
In 4Q17, eBay repurchased $922 million worth of shares at an average price of $36.99.
Behind eBay’s Rising Marketing Expenses
eBay’s (EBAY) marketing expenses kept rising throughout 2017 on a YoY (year-over-year) basis, and they rose 6.2% overall in the year.
Groupon Stock Tanks after 4Q17 Earnings
Groupon (GRPN) saw its stock fall 23% in February 2018.
GrubHub Soars on 4Q17 Results
GrubHub (GRUB) saw its stock rise 30% in February 2018.
A Look at PayPal’s Repurchasing Strategy
PayPal repurchases $517 million in shares When PayPal (PYPL) talks about aggressively allocating its swelling capital, one of the areas it is looking at is boosting the value it returns to shareholders. For a few years, PayPal has been repurchasing shares as part of maximizing value for shareholders. Whereas PayPal didn’t disclose any share repurchases in […]
Appetite for Blockchain Could Transform Overstock
Overstock had a cash balance of $92.3 million at the end of 3Q17, compared with $24.3 billion for Amazon and $6.0 billion for eBay (EBAY).
Overstock’s tZERO Launches $250 Million ICO
Overstock’s (OSTK) majority-owned cryptocurrency exchange operator, tZERO, recently launched its long-anticipated ICO (initial coin offering).
eBay’s Balance Sheet after 3Q17
eBay (EBAY) managed to expand its balance sheet in 3Q17, although its cash holding shrank in the quarter—perhaps a consequence of continued investment in product development and marketing.
eBay’s Buyback in Perspective
In 3Q17, eBay (EBAY) repurchased shares worth $907 million and, in turn, removed 25 million common shares from circulation.
Is Groupon’s Profit-before-Revenue Strategy Working?
In its 3Q17 results, Groupon (GRPN) repeated its strategy that its priority is maximizing profits. It added that its focus on improving profitability may come at the expense of revenue.
Groupon’s Valuation and Debt Position
Groupon’s balance sheet reflects a short-term debt and long-term debt of $25 million and $204 million, respectively.
A Look at Groupon’s Spending Practice
Groupon’s operating expenses were $635.7 million in 3Q17 compared with $711.4 million in 3Q16.
Where Is the Value in Groupon’s Buyback Program?
Groupon (GRPN) returns value to its shareholders through share repurchases. It’s a program in which the company allocates a portion of its cash to buy back some of its shares.
Here’s What Drove Groupon’s Stock Upward Last Month
The stock price of online deal company Groupon (GRPN) rose 21.8% in November 2017 and closed the month at $5.64 on November 30.
Groupon Finally Fills a Vacant Position
Groupon has moved to fill an executive position that has been lying vacant for two years, announcing that it has appointed Steve Krenzer to the role of COO.
Groupon Rolls Out New Loyalty Program
Rewards of airline miles or hotel points US-based (SPY) local-deal marketplace Groupon (GRPN) has launched a new loyalty program that allows customers to collect benefits tied to air travel and hotel services. The company said that its new loyalty program is aimed at encouraging customers to make purchases through its marketplace. Groupon’s new loyalty program […]
Why Groupon Stock Continued to Rise in September 2017
Groupon (GRPN) stock rose ~21.2% in September 2017 to close the month at $5.12. It’s trading 76.0% above its 52-week low and 4.0% below its 52-week high.
Inside Groupon’s Groupon+
Groupon (GRPN) recently launched a couponless restaurant rewards program called Groupon+ (Groupon Plus).
A Look at Groupon’s Efficiency Status
Groupon posted EPS (earnings per share) of $0.02 in 2Q17, compared to its EPS of -$0.01 in 2Q16, another positive indication of the company’s efficiency drive.
Groupon’s Buyback Program: 14.5 Million Shares in 6 Months
In 2Q17, Groupon spent $24.8 million to buy back 7.2 million shares. The repurchase was partly responsible for the improvement in Groupon’s adjusted earnings per share in the quarter.
Why Groupon’s Debt-to-Equity Ratio Is One of Highest in Industry
Groupon (GRPN), eBay (EBAY), Baidu (BIDU), Square (SQ), and Twitter (TWTR) have the highest debt-to-equity ratios among industry players.
Alibaba’s Fundamental Analysis
Facebook’s EV-to-adjusted-EBITDA ratio for the trailing 12 months is 42.4x. The estimate for 2017 is 25.9x.
This Drove Groupon Stock in August
Groupon (GRPN) rose 18.4% in August 2017 and closed the month at $4.44. Groupon is now trading 52% above its 52-week low of $2.90.
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 […]
What’s Next for Alphabet in the Advertising Industry?
eMarketer has an optimistic view of the global Internet advertising industry, noting that the industry could grow to more than $335 billion in 2020 from $194.6 billion in 2016.
Groupon Rises on Impressive Quarterly Earnings
Shares of Internet (FDN) stock Groupon (GRPN) rose 8.4% in the last week ended August 4, 2017, to close at $4.12.
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.
Inside Yelp’s Turnstyle Value Proposition
Yelp trimmed its 2017 adjusted EBITDA—a move stemming from, in part, the impact of its acquisition of Turnstyle.
Why Groupon Stock Fell Last Week
Online tech (QQQ) firm Groupon (GRPN) fell over 8% in the week ended July 21, 2017, and closed at $3.65.
A Quick Glance At Amazon’s Valuation
Analysis of Amazon’s price and book value figures Amazon (AMZN) is trading at a price-to-book value of 22.1x. The stock’s price-to-sales ratio is 3.4x, while its price-to-estimated sales ratio is 2.9x. The company has an EV (enterprise value) of $464.4 billion, which implies that the company has a current EV-to-trailing-12-month-sales ratio of 3.3x. Its EV-to-estimated sales ratio for […]
The Rise of Amazon in Product Searches
Amazon claims the lion’s share of marketplace product searches. The company is set to release its 2Q17 later this month—let’s look at what we can expect.
Why Groupon Is Stepping Up Its Marketing Efforts
Groupon (GRPN) is going to be more active in promoting its platform in the current quarter, 2Q17. As such, 2Q17 marketing spending is forecast to surge from 1Q17 levels.
Understanding Groupon’s 3 Priorities
Groupon (GRPN) is pursuing three priorities this year, and it’s likely to remain committed to these priorities for the long term as it seeks to create more value for shareholders.
Why Groupon Sees Opportunity amid Current Weaknesses
Rich Williams, the CEO of Groupon (GRPN), believes that the company isn’t getting the maximum value out of its customers.
Here’s Why Groupon Is Dropping Vouchers
Groupon (GRPN) is not only shifting its trajectory from pushing daily deals to becoming a daily habits marketplace but also altering the way it serves discounts to shoppers on its marketplace.
Why Yelp Acquired Properties Like Nowait and Eat24
Yelp’s Transaction segment’s revenues reached $18.1 million in 1Q17, up 25.0% from 1Q16.
Acquisitions Bring Yelp Closer to Its Goal
Yelp’s overall revenues grew 24.4% in 1Q17 to $197.3 million.
Why Wall Street Is Cautious about Groupon
Ten analysts have rated Groupon stock as a “buy,” while 20 have rated it “neutral,” and seven have rated it as a “sell.”
Are Groupon’s Investments Panning Out?
Groupon (GRPN) has yet to impress in terms of revenue growth, despite its investments in marketing efforts both online and offline.
Inside Groupon International: After the Restructuring
After an unsuccessful international expansion, Groupon (GRPN) has pulled out of overseas markets to pursue a narrowed strategic focus on North America.
What’s Likely to Happen to Groupon’s 2Q17 Earnings
When Groupon reported 1Q17 earnings, it warned that its 2Q17 EBITDA would likely decline sequentially. It posted adjusted EBITDA of $44.8 million in 1Q17.
Why Groupon Stock Fell in May 2017
On May 3, 2017, Groupon announced its 1Q17 results and reported revenues of ~$673.6 million, a fall of 3.6% YoY compared to revenues of ~$698.4 million in 1Q16.
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.