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April 16, 2014
11:54 EDTYELPYelp advances after Citi upgrades stock
Shares of Yelp (YELP) are climbing after Citigroup upgraded the stock to Buy from Hold in a note to investors earlier today. Yelp's website provides user reviews of local businesses. WHAT'S NEW: The recent decline in Yelp's stock creates a buying opportunity, wrote Citi analyst Mark May. Additionally, the company can significantly expand its market share, enabling its revenue to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 32% over the next five years, May believes. Meanwhile, Yelp's earnings per share, excluding certain items, should grow at a compound annual growth rate of 56%, added the analyst. He has a $76 price target on the shares. WHAT'S NOTABLE: In a note to investors on April 14, research firm Pacific Crest reported that more consumers were utilizing Yelps reviews of businesses other than restaurants. Non-restaurant businesses are the primary source of growth for Yelp, added the firm, which kept a $115 price target and Outperform rating on the stock. PRICE ACTION: In late morning trading, Yelp rose $1.07, or 2%, to $64.
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November 25, 2014
13:16 EDTYELPAngie'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 EDTYELPAmazon 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 19, 2014
07:40 EDTYELPUBS to hold a conference
Global Technology Conference to be held in Sausalito, California on November 18-20 with webcasted company presentations to begin on November 19 at 10:45 am; not all company presentations may be webcasted.Webcast Link
November 18, 2014
06:08 EDTYELPIntel's 'Mica' bracelet to feature Google alerts, AT&T data plan, Re/code says
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November 13, 2014
10:05 EDTYELPFacebook quietly launches Yelp rival, TNW reports
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November 12, 2014
08:06 EDTYELPPacific Crest to hold a conference
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