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February 21, 2014
11:03 EDTSALE, GRPN, EBAY, RLOCGroupon plunges after forecasting losses in current quarter
Shares of Groupon (GRPN), a local e-commerce marketplace which offers discounted goods and services, are falling after the company’s first quarter profit forecast significantly trailed analysts’ consensus estimates. WHAT'S NEW: Last night, Groupon reported fourth quarter earnings per share of 4c and revenue of $768.4M, compared to expectations of 2c and $718M, respectively. At the end of Q4, on average, active deals in North America were approximately 80,000, compared with more than 65,000 at the end of Q3. Active customers grew 9% year-over-year, to 44.9M as of December 31, 2013. WHAT’S NOTABLE: The company forecast first quarter losses per share 2c-4c, which was far below expectations of 6c per share in earnings. Revenue for Q1 was seen at $710M-$760M, versus consensus of $668.6M. Groupon said it expects one-time costs related to the integration of its recent acquisitions, specifically as it consolidates Ticket Monster with its Korean business, and anticipates approximately $25M of additional investment in marketing and other growth initiatives to drive adoption of the marketplace. Together, in Q1, newly-acquired LivingSocial Korea and Ideeli are expected to contribute approximately $50M to revenue and have an approximately $20M negative impact on adjusted EBITDA, Groupon said. ANALYST REACTION: This morning, analyst commentary was mixed. Research firm RBC Capital downgraded Groupon to Underperform from Sector Perform after the company's 2014 EBITDA guidance came in significantly below expectations and it reported that its billings growth rates had deteriorated in Q4. The firm lowered its price target on the shares to $7 from $11. Conversely, Piper Jaffray said Groupon’s quarter was “not as bad as it looks.” The firm attributed the post-earnings pullback in shares of Groupon to the company's North America local billings decelerating to 2% year-over-year growth and it’s weaker than expected earnings guidance. Piper kept an Overweight rating on the stock with a $15 price target. The firm believes Groupon remains well positioned to build a deal marketplace, Piper added. PRICE ACTION: In morning trading, Groupon dropped $1.73, or 16.9%, to $8.55 on more than twice its average daily trading volume. Despite today’s slide, the stock is up by approximately 48% over the past twelve months. OTHERS TO WATCH: eBay (EBAY) owns an online marketplace with a significant mobile presence. RetailMeNot (SALE) operates a digital coupon marketplace. ReachLocal (RLOC) owns DealOn Media, a local deals company.
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October 14, 2014
17:03 EDTRLOCArmistice Capital reports 5.8% passive stake in ReachLocal
12:48 EDTEBAYeBay October volatility elevated into Q3 and guidance
eBay October call option implied volatility is at 52, November is at 30, January is at 28; compared to its 26-week average of 27 according to Track Data, suggesting large near term price movement into the expected release of Q3 results on October 15.
12:46 EDTEBAYSquare CEO Dorsey says not in talks with PayPal
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12:31 EDTEBAYeBay PayPal unit in talks to buy Square, Bank Innovations reports
PayPal, which is spinning off from eBay in 2015, is exploring several potential acquisitions, including the purchase of Square, according to Bank Innovation, citing sources close to both companies. The acquisition talks are in the “early stages,” but are described as "serious" and "intense" by the sources, the report stated. Bank Innovation said it had "no word yet" on an acquisition price, but assumes it would be above the $6B valuation ascribed to Square in a recent fundraising effort. Shares of eBay are up a bit over 1% in afternoon trading. Reference Link
12:26 EDTEBAYPayPal in 'early' but serious talks to buy Square, Bank Innovations says
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06:01 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
Stocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; eBay (EBAY) 31, Gap (GPS) 35 according to iVolatility.
October 13, 2014
12:37 EDTEBAYeBay initiated with a Sector Perform at Portales
06:12 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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October 10, 2014
10:04 EDTEBAYXoom could be a acquisition of target of PayPal, says Monness Crespi
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10:01 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:00 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers
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08:13 EDTGRPNGroupon downgraded to Sell from Equal Weight at Evercore
07:16 EDTRLOCAmerican Society of Plastic Surgeons to hold annual meeting
Annual Meeting of ASPS is being held in Chicago on October 10-14.
06:00 EDTEBAYStocks with implied volatility below IV index mean; GPS EBAY
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October 9, 2014
14:28 EDTEBAYIcahn says Andreesen should be removed from eBay board
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09:38 EDTEBAYActive equity options trading on open
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October 8, 2014
16:26 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Closing Wrap
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12:41 EDTEBAYeBay ChannelAdvisor data confirms company guidance, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray noted ChannelAdvisor reported eBay's same-store sales grew 8.9% in September, which confirms the company's reiterated guidance when it announced its planned PayPal spin-off. The firm maintains its Neutral rating on eBay.
09:42 EDTEBAYeBay SSS rose 8.9% in September, Amazon SSS up 37.9%, ChannelAdvisor says
Amazon's (AMZN) September SSS rose 37.9%, a decrease compared to August's 45.1%, ChannelAdvisor reported. eBay's (EBAY) September came in at 8.9% up from August's 5.9%, but below the e-commerce growth rate. "This is the first up-tick in eBay SSS since June and indicates that eBay is recovering from the breach and Google issues," ChannelAdvisor stated. Reference Link
08:10 EDTEBAYeBay survey suggests upswing in growth, says RW Baird
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