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Now that Yelp is longer on the market, it still has to address its problems. The same goes for Groupon too. 

After Yelp (YELP) temporarily halted its plans for a sale on July 2, the stock unsurprisingly fell to below $40 and is just barely above its yearly low.

Yelp is a pure speculation play. The company may have attracted some bids, but the offers were likely at a discount to the stock price, which has fallen over 32 percent from $55.15 at the beginning of the year and is nearing its 52-week low of $36.10.

Though revenue from the firm is still growing each quarter, the company could do better. In the first-quarter, Yelp increased its sales head count by 25 percent. It spent 20 percent of its revenue on product development.

Furthermore, as Bloomberg points out, only 1.5 million transactions have been made through the Yelp Platform, which launched in July 2013 with the intention of directly connecting consumers with vendors. Considering that on average 142 million visitors visit Yelp each month, the company has a lot of room to grow in this area.

Groupon (GRPN) is another online firm that is struggling. Last month, Jason Child, Groupon’s CFO since 2010, said he would leave the company. The stock is down over 40 percent this year:

Additionally, income is falling. In Groupon’s first quarter, active customers grew, but the average billing per active customer fell to $135. It was $155 in the preceding quarter.

Expect a continued downward trend for Groupon and Yelp. Until the firms show signs of improving business, neither's stock is likely to recover.

Written by Chris Lau

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1. Groupon Inc. (GRPN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates online local commerce marketplaces that connect merchants to consumers by offering goods and services at a discount worldwide. Market cap at $3.28B, most recent closing price at $4.85.

 

 

2. Yelp Inc. (YELP, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates a platform that connects people with local businesses in the United States. Market cap at $2.76B, most recent closing price at $38.18.

 

 

 

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Everyone from tech companies to telecom firms is moving into streaming music and television this year.

The year is officially half over, and it’s apparent that 2015 is a banner year for streaming media, specifically music and television. Within the realm of streaming music, there have been high-profile entrants—Tidal and Apple Music—as well as tweaks to existing services in an attempt to outshine the competition, e.g. Google Play’s free radio and Spotify’s expansion into podcasts and video. Streaming TV has also become a more crowded field thanks to new standalone offerings from cable providers, television networks and video game console makers. It’s a new age out there.

Streaming Music Today

The streaming music industry is growing rapidly. By the end of 2014, 163.9 billion songs had been streamed—up 54.5 percent from the previous year—to the tune of $1.87 billion in revenue. CD revenue, on the other hand, totaled $1.85 billion, making last year the first year in history that streaming sales eclipsed CD sales.

On Tuesday, Apple Inc. (AAPL) became the latest company to hop on the streaming music bandwagon with the launch of Apple Music. The service, which costs $9.99 a month after a free three-month trial, received a lot of publicity in the weeks leading up to its debut, and not just because the world’s most admired company is at the helm. Notorious Spotify defector Taylor Swift publicly criticized Apple for refusing to pay royalties during the free trial, which led Apple to change its mind and agree to pay royalties on all music streamed during the three-month period. After that, Swift decided to put her latest album 1989 on Apple Music, the only other streaming platform to receive the honor besides Google Inc.’s (GOOG) Google Play.

Speaking of Google, the tech company has stepped up its streaming music offering in an effort to take on Apple Music and Spotify. On June 22, almost a week prior to the Apple Music launch, Google introduced a free, ad-supported radio tier to Google Play that features curated playlists. The company also has a $9.99 per month tier. By the end of the day, Apple’s stock went up 0.1 percent, Google fell 0.3 percent and online radio pioneer Pandora Media, Inc. (P) slid 1.3 percent.

Despite Pandora’s underwhelming stock market performance— the stock is down 12.9 percent this year—CEO Brian McAndrews said the company held a 10 percent share of U.S. radio in March, up from 9.1 percent a year earlier. Pandora also has the second highest number of paying users among streaming music services: Spotify has over 20 million, Pandora has 3.8 million and Tidal has around 800,000. Of course, consumers still enjoy listening to music for free: at least 50 million of Spotify’s active users opt for the free tier, and over 70 million of Pandora’s active users opt for the free version. However, paid subscriptions are on the rise, increasing by 26 percent between 2013 and 2014 to 7.7 million

Without a doubt, demand for streaming music is growing. According to music executive Tom Silverman, streaming revenue is expected to reach $3.96 billion in 2019, and its share of total music revenue would grow from 44.1 percent in 2015 to 71.6 percent in 2019.

Streaming TV Today

Like streaming music, the streaming TV field is exploding as well, and much of its growth can be attributed to the death of traditional pay-TV and the proliferation of television watching alternatives. During the first quarter of 2015, Variety reports that the US pay-TV business contracted for the first time ever with a net loss of 31,000 subscribers. Now, the pay-TV business is on track to shrink by 0.5 percent at an annualized rate.

Furthermore, market research firm NPD Group predicts that 40 percent of US homes will have a streaming media device, like an Apple TV, Roku or Google Chromecast, by 2017, up from 16 percent in 2014. NPD Group even notes that while Apple and Roku were the first companies to drive growth among streaming media players, the market has since flourished with the release of devices from Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN) as well as smart TVs and wireless-equipped video game consoles.

Which brings us to the companies that are trying to capitalize on consumers’ changing viewing habits by offering streaming cable services. In January, Dish Network Corp. (DISHlaunched Sling TV, a $20-per-month live and on-demand television service that streams to Internet-connected devices. The following month, Sony Corporation (SNEdebuted PlayStation Vue, a $50-a-month Internet TV service that is only available in Chicago, New York and Philadelphia and requires either a PlayStation 3 or 4 console.

Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ) has said its streaming TV service will bow this summer. Aspiring streaming media titan Apple is also reportedly getting in on the action with its own streaming TV service this fall. According to Business Insider, the service has the potential to net $2.4 billion in revenue in 2016 so long as it costs $35 a month—the monthly fee is rumored to be between $30 and $40—and has 7.4 million subscribers by the end of next year.

And then there are the networks. HBO launched its standalone subscription HBO Now service in April, and Showtime’s service is coming out in July. The PowerShares Dynamic Media ETF (PBS)—which counts Showtime parent company CBS Corporation (CBS), HBO parent company Time Warner Inc. (TWX), Google and Dish among its holdings—is up 5.16% for the year.

Streaming is becoming the preferred mode of consumption for millions of Americans, whether it’s music or television. As more people seek out services that provide access to their favorite types of media, more companies are likely to branch out into these fields. And the moves make sense as shifting consumer habits present billion-dollar opportunities for companies that are able to establish a foothold.

By Mary-Lynn Cesar

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The computer market is dying, so Intel is focusing on the next big thing: smart glasses.

A disastrous outlook from fellow PC components supplier Micron Technology (MU) hurt Intel (INTC) shares last week, but that is not stopping Intel from broadening its business. On June 17, the processor maker acquired eyewear maker Recon Instruments for a rumored $175 million. Is this a good move?

Wearables is the next area of growth in technology. Demand for PCs is falling, with research firm IDC predicting worldwide shipments will fall by 6.2 percent in 2015. Smartphones are still selling, but Intel is not strategically positioned in this market. Its Atom and Celeron processors are mobile-focused, but Qualcomm (QCOM) and Samsung (SSNLF) are the dominant players.

Intel first invested in Recon back in 2013. By acquiring the firm, Intel can more closely align Recon’s design, brand, and platform with its own technology. Future wearable products from Recon will sport Intel internal parts.

Strategically, Intel is preventing itself from being shut out of the wearables market. Facebook (FB), Google (GOOG), and Microsoft (MSFT) are all moving forward in developing head mounted wearables.

Intel’s vertical integration is ultimately good news for investors. With the stock close to yearly lows, Intel offers investors exposure to the wearables space at low multiples since it has a forward P/E of 13.

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1. Facebook Inc. (FB, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as a social networking company worldwide. Market cap at $245.31B, most recent closing price at $85.76.

 

 

 

2. Google Inc. (GOOG, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Builds tech products and provides services to organize information. Market cap at $355.73B, most recent closing price at $520.51.

 

 

3. Intel Corporation (INTC, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the design, manufacture, and sale of integrated circuits for computing and communications industries worldwide. Market cap at $142.75B, most recent closing price at $30.42.

 

 

4. Microsoft Corporation (MSFT, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops, licenses, and supports a range of software products and services for various computing devices worldwide. Market cap at $361.76B, most recent closing price at $44.15.

 

 

5. Micron Technology Inc. (MU, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the manufacture and marketing of semiconductor devices worldwide. Market cap at $21.26B, most recent closing price at $18.84.

 

 

6. QUALCOMM Incorporated (QCOM, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the development, design, manufacture, and marketing of digital wireless telecommunications products and services. Market cap at $102.52B, most recent closing price at $62.63.

 

 

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Match.com has brought happiness to millions of couples. Will the spinoff do the same for IAC shareholders?

IAC/InterActive (IACI) is already trading well above the $60 lows the stock encountered last year. On June 25, the stock reached a new high of $82.40 on unusually strong trading volume. There is one big reason investors should expect more upside though: the Match.com IPO.

Spinning off The Match Group from IAC is a natural progression for IAC. Over the last twenty years, the company has generated solid returns for shareholders. It grew from a company with a $275 million base to, along with its other spinoffs, having $44 billion in combined shareholder value. The IPO will represent fewer than 20 percent of common stock of Match.com.

IAC recently closed at $81.19 on very strong trading volume. The stock has a market cap of $6.6 billion and a book value of $1.8 billion. The P/E is reasonable, too, at 16.3 times based on $4.94 per share earnings. The stock’s dividend yield is 1.7 percent. This is not very high for income investors, but the strong performance from IAC could mean steady returns ahead.

There also isn’t much competition out there for IAC and Match.com. Spark Networks (LOV) and MeetMe (MEET) are down around 40 percent each this year. MeetMe’s social network is gaining no traction; similarly, Spark Networks is struggling. In the first quarter, Spark Network’s subscriber figures were weak, and the average paid subscribers fell 25 percent year over year to 213,445.

Taking this into consideration, IAC shareholders have good reason to hold onto the stock as Match.com becomes a public company. 

Written by Chris Lau

 

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1. IAC/InterActive Corp (IACI, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the Internet business in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $6.55B, most recent closing price at $78.32.

 

 

2. Spark Networks Inc. (LOV, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides online personals services in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $79.92M, most recent closing price at $3.12.

 

 

3. MeetMe Inc. (MEET, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Owns and operates a social network for meeting new people on the Web and on mobile platforms in the United States. Market cap at $75.00M, most recent closing price at $1.70.

 

 

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After Carl Icahn ditched Netflix last week, maybe it's better to own a Netflix account than actual shares.

Shares of Netflix (NFLX) defied gravity and reached $706.24 earlier this year before pulling back. The stock then closed at $651.62 last week after Carl Icahn, a famous activist investor, sold whatever he had left in the company and netted $1.6 billion.

Icahn tweeted about his sale:

 

Sold last of our $NFLX today. Believe $AAPL currently represents same opportunity we stated NFLX offered several years ago.

— Carl Icahn (@Carl_C_Icahn) June 24, 2015

Apple and Netlifx are not comparable, and both represent opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to valuation. Investors are paying a huge premium for Netflix. The belief is that the online movie streaming giant will grow exponentially for years to come. Netflix has a forward P/E over 70. Apple’s forward P/E, on the other hand, is only 14:

Apple is generating enormous profits from the iPhone, but the company has two problems. First, its new music streaming business is late to the market. The initiative keeps the company relevant in streaming music but is unlikely to add meaningfully to profits. Second, the Apple Watch has yet to prove it is successful. The first generation wearable has limited battery life (of less than one day) and requires an iPhone.

Netflix is a $39.5 billion company. Its upcoming share split will boost liquidity and attract smaller investors.

Those considering an investment in Netflix should exercise caution. The share split changes nothing in the valuation of the stock: the market cap stays the same (number of shares x stock price). Even though the Apple comparison may not be apt, investors might consider following Icahn and selling the stock today.

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1. Apple Inc. (AAPL, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication and media devices, and portable digital music players, as well as sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide. Market cap at $730.21B, most recent closing price at $126.75.

 

2. Netflix Inc. (NFLX, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides subscription-based Internet services for TV shows and movies in the United States and internationally. Market cap at $39.50B, most recent closing price at $651.62.

 

 

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Banks are closed, capital controls are in place and the Greek crisis is sending markets down worldwide.  

The Greek crisis, now well in its fifth year after the initial credit rating downgrade, has escalated. Negotations between Greece and its creditors broke down yet again this past weekend, bringing the debt-ridden country closer to a near inevitable default and possible exit from the eurozone. Stocks around the world were down in early-morning trading as a result of the latest developments (or lack thereof).

On Saturday, finance ministers from the 19-member currency bloc rejected Greece's request for a one-month extension to its bailout. That same day Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras unexpectedly called for a referendum on July 5—five days after Greece's International Monetary Fund debt is due—so Greek voters can decide whether or not to accept the terms of the European Central Bank, European Commission and IMF's bailout deal. Following Tsipras's announcement, the ECB decided on Sunday not to increase its emerging liquidity assistance to Greece, which was helping Greek banks operate in the midst of endless withdrawals.

This led the Bank of Greece to recommend that banks remain closed and capital controls be implemented in order to prevent a collapse. Banks will be closed until July 7, and ATM withdrawals will be capped at €60 per day and €1800 per month. Though the Athens Stock Exchange is closed, the Global X FTSE Greece 20 ETF (GREK) and National Bank of Greece (NBG) trade in the US and have plunged since market open on Monday, down 15.28 percent and 22.63 percent, respectively, at 10:00AM EST.

But Tuesday, June 30, is the big deadline: that's when Greece's bailout agreement expires and the country is supposed to make a €1.55 billion loan payment to the IMF. There's very little chance of that happening now. Plus, Tuesday's bill is only one of several that the cash-strapped government is on the hook for in the coming weeks. There's the €2 billion owed to Treasury bill holders on July 10, and another €452.6 million to the IMF on July 13.

The Greek crisis certainly brought the drama this weekend, but the fears of financial instability aren't limited to the streets of Athens or Brussels. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Stoxx Europe 600 index fell 2.3 percent in early trade and markets in Italy and Spain slid more than 3 percent in the morning. Yields on benchmark 10-year Treasury notes fell to their lowest levels since October on Monday, which means prices are rising due to increased investor interest. Meanwhile, US stocks tumbled at market open.

So what's an investor to do? In a morning appearance on Bloomberg's "Market Makers," bearish Swiss investor Marc Faber, who also edits the Gloom Boom & Doom Report, recommended investing in precious metals. Here's a list of the top-performing government bond and precious metals exchange-traded funds (ETFs) pulled from ETFdb.com. Each of the stocks has returned 1 percent on more year to date.

Click on the interactive chart to view data over time. 

 

1. AdvisorShares Garman Gold/Euro ETF (GEUR, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides investors with exposure to gold denominated in euros. Assets under management at $3.44M, most recent closing price at $13.13.

Performance YTD: 5.80%.

 

2. AdvisorShares Gartman Gold/Yen (GYEN, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides investors with exposure to gold denominated in Japanese yen. Assets under management at $3.89M, most recent closing price at $38.99.

Performance YTD: 1.98%.

 

3. SPDR Barclays 0-5 Year TIPS (SIPE, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Tracks a market value weighted index of TIPS that mature in 0-5 years. Assets under management at $3.44M, most recent closing price at $19.55.

Performance YTD: 1.24%.

 

 

(List compiled by Mary-Lynn Cesar. All data sourced from ETFdb.com)

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