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January 3, 2014
05:53 EDTEXPE, YELP, BITA, PCLNValue of Internet middlemen surges, WSJ reports
These are flush times for leading Web-based middlemen of everything from airline tickets to hotels to cars. As commerce moves quickly to these platforms, the best-known, best-capitalized ones are able to capture outsize market share, reports the Wall Street Journal. The latest: Cox Enterprises has bought back a stake in AutoTrader Group in a deal that implies a value of about $7B for the online auto marketplace. Reference Link
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August 27, 2015
10:00 EDTYELPOn The Fly: Analyst Upgrade Summary
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06:08 EDTYELPYelp upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley
As previously reported, B. Riley upgraded Yelp to Neutral from Sell and a $22 price target on shares. The firm upgraded shares due to valuation and reasonable guidance.
05:19 EDTYELPYelp upgraded to Neutral from Sell at B. Riley
August 26, 2015
10:12 EDTPCLNGoogle climbs after Goldman upgrade, Cantor endorsement
The shares of Google (GOOG, GOOGL) are rallying after Goldman Sachs upgraded the search giant's stock and Cantor Fitzgerald named the stock as one of the top five Internet names to buy amid the market's recent selloff. WHAT'S NEW: Google is in the early innings of a long-term margin expansion process as the search giant intensifies its focus on cost cutting, Goldman analyst Heather Bellini wrote in a note to investors today. Moreover, after conducting checks, Bellini is more upbeat on the company's ability to increase its monetization of YouTube and mobile search. The analyst, who believes that cost cutting combined with the increased monetization is starting to move the needle for the company, hiked her price target on Google's Class A stock to $800 from $660, upgraded the stock and added the shares to Goldman's Americas Conviction List. Meanwhile, Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali named Google as one of his top five Internet stocks to buy amid the market's recent volatility. Google is "relatively resilient," given its 91% share of the global search market as of July and its $61B of net cash as of the end of Q2, the analyst believes. Moreover, the company has virtually no exposure to China and its new corporate structure should improve its transparency, Squali believes. He kept a $720 price target and Buy rating on the stock. WHAT'S NOTABLE: The other four companies on Squali's list of top Internet stocks are Amazon (AMZN), Priceline (PCLN), Facebook (FB), and Alibaba (BABA). PRICE ACTION: In early trading, Google's Class A shares rose 4.4% to $640 and its Class C shares advanced nearly 5% to $610.
07:25 EDTPCLNCantor names top five Internet names to buy during selloff
Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Youssef Squali said he "won't attempt to call the bottom" but identified his top five Internet and Media names to buy amid the recent market volatility, all of which have dominance in their respective markets, higher than peer level growth and valuations that he views as reasonable. Squali, who noted that he views concerns over macro risks and China to be overblown, called out Google (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), Priceline (PCLN), Facebook (FB) and Alibaba (BABA) as having an attractive risk/reward given the selloff in recent sessions. The firm has Buy ratings on all five of the stocks named above.
August 25, 2015
12:51 EDTPCLNPriceline August weekly volatility increases on wide price movement
Priceline August weekly call option implied volatility is at 45, September is at 35; compared to its 52-week range of 17 to 41, suggesting large near term price movement.
11:23 EDTEXPE, PCLNAnalyst says Priceline undervalued, looks poised to outperform
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09:13 EDTYELPTrends still positive for Google, Amazon, Facebook ahead of holidays, says Baird
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07:45 EDTPCLNPriceline shares still undervalued with issues stabilizing, says Piper Jaffray
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August 19, 2015
06:21 EDTYELPU.S. government to recognize Yelp ratings on federal agencies, WSJ reports
Under an agreement with Yelp, the U.S. government will recognize the public's ratings on its federal agencies, the Wall Street Journal reports. Reference Link
August 17, 2015
13:11 EDTYELPAlibaba unlikely to make competing offer for zulily, say Baird
zulily (ZU) shareholder Alibaba (BABA) is unlikely to make a competing takeover bid for the online retailer, Baird analyst Colin Sebastian tells investors in a research note. Alibaba, which upped its stake in zulily to 9% in May, likely views the company as an investment rather than a vehicle to enter the U.S. market, Sebastian argues. This morning, Liberty Interactive (QVCA) announced it had reached an agreement to acquire zulily for $18.75 per share or $2.4B. The analyst sees strategic benefits from the deal. Increased takeover activity in the small-cap internet space could support the valuations of the remaining independents, including ChannelAdvisor (ECOM), Yelp (YELP), Groupon (GRPN), Angie's List (ANGI) and RetailMeNot (SALE), Sebastian writes. Shares of zulily are soaring 47% to $18.50 following the takeover agreement.

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