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February 21, 2014
11:03 EDTSALE, GRPN, RLOC, EBAYGroupon 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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November 25, 2014
13:16 EDTGRPN, EBAYAngie's List retreats after Amazon reportedly launches local services site
Shares of Angie's List (ANGI) are sinking after The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that Amazon.com (AMZN) had launched a website that will connect consumers to local service providers. Angie's List connects users to local contractors and publishes consumers' reviews of contractors. WHAT'S NEW: Amazon.com launched its website featuring information about local contractors in New York, Los Angeles, and Seattle, The Journal reported, citing an unnamed source who was briefed on the company's plan. Called Amazon Local Services, the website is part of the e-commerce giant's attempt to compete with traditional stores, The Journal said. WHAT'S NOTABLE: Reuters reported last June that Amazon planned to launch a local services website. Last month, research firm Wunderlich said that Angie's List could be a logical takeover target for Amazon or eBay (EBAY). Wunderlich issued its note after The Financial Times reported that Angie's List had hired bankers to help it explore strategic options, including a possible sale of the company. ANALYST REACTION: In a note to investors today, Robert W. Baird analyst Colin Sebastian wrote that Amazon's service should be appealing to users searching for local services or shopping for products that have to be serviced. Moreover, service providers should also find value in Amazon's website, Sebastian stated. Service providers will only have to pay Amazon a share of the revenue they receive from customers they obtain from the website, the analyst wrote. Also, Amazon's popularity will enable it to bring meaningful amounts of business to the service providers, Sebastian wrote. He kept a $340 price target and Outperform rating on Amazon shares. Sebastian also noted that the market is increasingly competitive, with Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the other public companies in the space, and he said he expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. PRICE ACTION: In early afternoon trading, Angie's List fell 4% to $6 and Amazon slid 1% to $332.50.
12:22 EDTGRPNAmazon uniquely positioned in home services market, says RW Baird
After the Wall Street Journal this morning highlighted the recent roll-out of Amazon (AMZN) Local Services in select U.S. cities, RW Baird analyst Colin Sebastian says the tech giant is "uniquely positioned" in the $400B home services market given its position in e-commerce and ability to geo-target traffic to local service professionals. Sebastian notes the market is increasingly competitive, with Angie's List (ANGI), Groupon (GRPN) and Yelp (YELP) among the public companies in the space. He also expects Facebook (FB) and Google (GOOG) to build more local services over time. Sebastian keeps an Outperform rating on Amazon, point out Baird's initial e-commerce checks suggest a solid start to holiday shopping.
November 24, 2014
10:16 EDTEBAYAmazon SSS up 47% in third week November, eBay up 12%, ChannelAdvisor says
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November 21, 2014
10:00 EDTEBAYOn The Fly: Analyst Downgrade Summary
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09:33 EDTGRPNGroupon mentioned positively at ITG Research
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08:23 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI
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06:13 EDTEBAYeBay downgraded to Sell from Hold at Evercore ISI
November 19, 2014
18:22 EDTGRPNOn The Fly: After Hours Movers
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17:08 EDTGRPNGroupon director discloses 30K share purchase at $7.75
Groupon director Daniel Henry disclosed the purchase of 30K shares at a price of $7.75. Shares of Groupon are up 1.31%, or 9c, to $7.35 in after hours trading.
November 18, 2014
15:05 EDTEBAYcomScore sees 2014 U.S. holiday e-commerce spending up 16% to $61B
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08:37 EDTEBAYeBay increasingly threatened by Alibaba, says Bernstein
After conducting research in China, Bernstein believes that Alibaba's (BABA) international expansion poses an increasing competitive threat to eBay (EBAY) Marketplaces. The firm says that 25% of eBay's gross merchandise volume is generated outside of the U.S., and it believes a significant amount of that comes from China. Bernstein believes it is possible but not likely that Alibaba will buy eBay Marketplaces after its spin off. The firm keeps a $60 price target and Outperform rating on eBay.
07:23 EDTSALEJefferies to hold a summit
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November 17, 2014
15:36 EDTEBAYSnapchat partners with Square on money messaging service, Re/code reports
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12:31 EDTGRPNGroupon acquires marketing startup Swarm Mobile
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10:02 EDTEBAYAmazon SSS up 36% in second week November, eBay up 10%, ChannelAdvisor says
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November 14, 2014
17:01 EDTEBAYIcahn Associates gives quarterly update on stakes
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16:58 EDTEBAYThird Point gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: Alibaba (BABA), eBay (EBAY), Bed Bath & Beyond (BBBY), Shire (SHPG), and Parker Hannifin (PH). INCREASED STAKES: Actavis (ACT), Amgen (AMGN), EQT (EQT), Sensata (ST), Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE). DECREASED STAKES: Williams Cos (WMB), Ally Financial (ALLY), Cheniere Energy (LNG), YPF (YPF), and FedEx (FDX). LIQUIDATED STAKES: AIG (AIG), T-Mobile (TMUS), Rackspace (RAX), Hertz (HTZ), and Citrix Systems (CTXS).
12:53 EDTGRPNOmega Advisors gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AerCap Holdings (AER), Nordic American Offshore (NAO), Melco Crown Entertainment (MPEL), Groupon (GRPN), and Ashland (ASH). INCREASED STAKES: QEP Resources (QEP), United Continental (UAL), Cabot Oil & Gas (COG), Actavis (ACT), and KAR Auction Services (KAR). DECREASED STAKES: Sprint (S), SandRidge Energy (SD), Sirius XM Holdings (SIRI), Kinder Morgan (KMI), and Transocean (RIG). LIQUIDATED STAKES: QUALCOMM (QCOM), Ocwen Financial (OCN), Freeport-McMoRan (FCX), Boston Scientific (BSX), and Capital One (COF).
09:38 EDTGRPN, EBAYJANA Partners gives quarterly update on stakes
NEW STAKES: AMD (AMD), AECOM Technology (ACM), Alibaba (BABA), McDonald's (MCD), Amgen (AMGN), Gaming and Leisure Properties (GLPI), Iron Mountain (IRM), iRobot (IRBT), Seadrill Partners (SDLP), Valeant (VRX). INCREASED STAKES: eBay (EBAY), Charter (CHTR), Groupon (GRPN), HD Supply (HDS), Hertz (HTZ). DECREASED STAKES: Apache (APA). LIQUIDATED STAKES: CBS (CBS), Endo (ENDP), FMC Corporation (FMC), SeaWorld (SEAS), SunEdison (SUNE).
November 13, 2014
09:30 EDTEBAYDiscover COO says U.S. consumer 'not great'
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