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Google is a success story and the European Commission fined them a record $2,7 billion today

Google is a success story and the company is up over 40% since June last year. The company is well-known for its search engine which is the best in the world. Some people in this world doesn`t like this success and one of them is the European Commission.

The European Commission have received many complaints from competitors who claimed that Google abused its search market dominance to give its own business an advantage over other retailers. This is a clear picture of the relationship between Europe and the U.S right now.

 

 

“What Google has done is illegal under EU antitrust rules. It denied other companies the chance to compete on the merits and to innovate. And most importantly, it denied European consumers a genuine choice of services and the full benefits of innovation,” European Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said in a statement.

The European Commission has been working on this case for over seven years, and the action came after complaints from rivals such as Yelp, TripAdviser, UK price comparison site Foundem, News Corp and lobbying group FairSearch.

This is not the first time the European Commission has attacked a U.S company. Last year they attacked Apple, and at that time, Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy said: “Member States cannot give tax benefits to selected companies.

This is illegal under EU state aid rules. The Commission`s investigation concluded that Ireland granted illegal tax benefits to Apple, which enabled it to pay substantially less tax than other businesses over many years. In fact, this selective treatment allowed Apple to pay an effective corporate tax rate of 1% on its European profits in 2003 down to 0,005% in 2014.”

Apple has their own tax structure in Europe, which is Apple Sales International and Apple Operations Europe. Both are two Irish incorporated companies that are fully owned by the Apple group.

In 2001, the European Commission sent a sternly worded missive to Microsoft. EU accused the software maker of having illegally extended its dominance in operation systems for personal computers (PC`s) into adjacent markets, for tying Windows to programs that play music and videos.

The European Commission said Microsoft was too dominant in the market in 2001. Last year they claimed Google was too dominant in the internet search market. Google were also ruling the smart phone market with their Android system, which will be their next problem.

EU regulators in Brussels fined Google a record $2,7 billion today, ruling that the search-engine giant violated antitrust rules for its online shopping practices, and this is the largest doled out by Brussels.

Google disagreed with the EU action.

«We respectfully disagree with the conclusions announced today (Tuesday).We will review the (European) Commissions decision in detail as we consider an appeal, and we look forward to continuing to make our case,» Kent Walker, Googles Senior vice-president and General Counsel, said in a statement today.

It doesnt stop here. Next time, Brussels will attack Googles Android mobile operating system, which is a case that could potentially be the most damaging for Google.

Theodore Roosevelt led a populist party in 1912, and Ralph Nader campaigned against the power of large corporations such as auto companies. Now, 105 years later, EU is doing the same.

 

 

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Yelp revenue up +62%

Yelp are reporting earnings later today, and this one will be interesting to watch. The competition in the ad business is stiff as local ad segments has become more attractive to competitors like Google, TripAdviser and Facebook to name a few.

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They have all increased their focus on local advertising in recent years, but despite that, Yelp reported positive EPS for the first time since its IPO. It`s estimated to see EPS to come in at $0,05 vs Wall Street`s $0,03.

That`s much better than last year, which was lower at -$0,04. Revenue is estimated to be $99,4M vs Wall Street`s slighly lower estimate of $98,9M, and that would be a whopping 62% increase YoY. Not bad for a 5B market cap company.

Yelp had about 68 million mobile unique visitors in the second quarter, and that`s up 51%. The growth factor is in their expansion in Japan, Mexico, Hong Kong, Portugal, Argentina and Chile, which will boost their ad revenue. 40% of all new reviews and more than 50% of Yelp`s total ad impression came from mobile devices. It`s expected to see the trend to continue.

Yelp is challenged by Google`s algorithmic change this summer, but despite that, Yelp`s traffic increased. The international traffic grew 80% YoY last quarter to 31 million unique monthly visitors. Another challenge is Angie`s list. Google is likely to offer them a buyout offer, but Amazon or Home depot is also on the retailers list for a possible acquisition in the future.

Angie`s list`s shares plunged today, reported a bigger than expected quarterly loss and they reported a fewer paid members. They lose market share and subscribers because they charges their customers fees to access reviews and ratings, which is free on Yelp. They have had to slash membership fees over the past few years, and has failed to turn into profit since their IPO in 2011. Angie`s list in founded in 1996, which is one of the tech companies that survived the dot-com bubble in 2000.

Yelp is scheduled to release its earnings results after the bell today.

 

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Best day in 2014!

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Wall Street rallies on labor market data. Dow Jones bounced 1,22%. S&P 500 rocketed 1,24%. The best day for stocks so far in 2014! Technology sector is up 1,39%, but Twitter suffered yesterday. They went in another direction. Not a surprice for the most expensive stock in our universe.

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Twitter (TWTR) -24,16%

Twitter stock plummeted yesterday, but I am not suprised. EPS: -1,69. The record high is 74,73 and that price was insane. Now the stock is trading at 50,03. Down -15,94 points only yesterday. It seems like the stock will open up in a red territory today too.

LinkedIn’s (LNKD) site traffic declines. The site traffic fell Q/Q in Q4. Unique visitors dropped by 3M Q/Q to 139M (rose by 23M Y/Y). Page views fell by 1B to 10,6B (rose by 800M Y/Y). User engagement for mobile app traffic aren`t going as planned. Only 25% of the revenue is coming from ads. LinkedIn is less directly dependent on site/app traffic than Twitter and Facebook.

They spent +57% Y/Y on Sales and marketing. 35% of revenue is spent and that is $157,2M. R&D is up to +46% to $113,1M. Registered users rose by 18M Q/Q to 277M. Stocks follow earnings, and if you don`t deliver EPS, you`re not going get any love from the market. This stock will open down about -7% today.

Yelp (YELP) +18,9%

Revenue rose by 72% Y/Y to $70,7 mllion in the quarter. Revenue from 2012 ($137,6) rose to $233 million in 2013. That is up 69%. Net loss is $2,1 million in the quarter. It`s adjusted EBITDA improved by 470% Y/Y to $10,4 million. 39% increase in average unique monthly visitors to 120 million. Local business accounts increased by 69% Y/Y, to 67,200.

Yelp Outlook for Q1 – 2014: Yelp expects revenue to be about $73,5 – 74,5 million. Growth will approximately 60% compared to Q1 in 2013. For the full year, Yelp projects net revenue to about $353 – $358 million. Shares are up 299,7% (1YR). That`s not bad for a company without any profit in 2013.

Reports today:

08:30:00 USD Non-Farm Payrolls Forecast: 185K Previous: 74K
08:30:00 USD Uneployment rate Forecast: 6,70% Previous: 6,70%

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Yelp is up 292,7%

We have witnessed a “social media boom” the last years. The last “social media” stock is Twitter. Other common social media sites is Facebook (FB), LinkedIn (LNKD), Pandora (P), Zynga (ZNGA), Angie`s list (ANGI), and Yelp (YELP).

Many og these stocks have skyrocketed, and to me it is insane. The highest level for Twitter is $73,31, but are now down -16,01% from the top. Most of you are familiar with Twitter, and some of you are probably using it.

The problem with Twitter is that they are not earning money, so how can investors send the stock price up to $73,31? It doesn`t make sense to me, and remind me of the dot-com bubble from the late 90`s.

Most of the companies mentioned above is ridiculously overvalued. Just like Twitter I mentioned. Many of these companies are short candidates if the major markets tend to retreat. Don`t get me wrong. Yelp have made a fortune for many investors around the world. Yelp is a $5 billion customer review website, and the stock is up a whopping 292,7%. Without earning money!

Yelp is one of the stocks that is pumped up with a hype alone. The companies CEO Jeremy Stoppelman sells his option stocks once he can do that. It doesn`t look good when an insider is selling the companies stock like that.

Analysts expect the earning to be $19 cents a share in 2014. That`s down 21% from $24 cents a share. Despite that, the stock price is going up like never before. New estimates for the stock price is $95.

They have never posted a profit and it is doubtful whether Yelp will ever be a profitable company and they are trading for 336 times its 2014 earnings (the average analysts estimates).

Yelp increased its revenues to $136,50 million (from $83,28 million) and their growth rate slowed to 65%. In 2009 their revenue was $25,81. Analyst expect a growth rate of 57% this year and an average of 40% the next 5 years.

News today: Unemployment Claims & Core CPI at 8:30am, TIC Long-Term Purchases at 9:00am, Philly Fed Manufacturing Index at 10:30am, Bernanke Speaks at 11:10am.

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