Yahoo Inc! (Nasdaq: YHOO) stock got a boost in after-market trading following an earnings report that beat analyst estimates.
The most exciting business headline today will have to be that of Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) earnings, to be released later today.
Even more interesting than the report will be the quarterly earnings call, when YHOO management will likely be grilled by analysts on its plan moving forward.
For YHOO shareholders who want to see a good return on their holdings, and who want to see sufficient windfall profits from YHOO's further sales of Alibaba shares, here's what to look out for in earnings...
This earnings season will be awash in fascinating storylines from corporate America, and the technology earnings season will no doubt weave the most interesting of narratives.
That's because tech has been on a roll for the third quarter.
It's been a tough time for Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) shareholders, which is likely why some prominent investors with large stakes in the company are wondering, "Will Alibaba buy Yahoo?"
Over the last few years, shareholders have had to watch as YHOO has struggled to turnaround its core business, while the bulk of its value as a stock lie in its lucrative holdings overseas.
Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) stock rose 4% today, with Starboard Value LP reportedly buying up a large stake in the company.
The investment management firm’s decision is a positive development for YHOO, which had seen its shares tumble for most of the week on concerns that as it sheds its portfolio of overseas investments, the remaining core business will be valueless.
Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) stock has been up over the last two years ahead of the Alibaba IPO, given its value as a backdoor play on the Chinese e-commerce company's largest IPO in history.
So what is Alibaba's value to Yahoo?
Now that the long-awaited Alibaba IPO (NYSE: BABA) is here and the stock starts trading tomorrow (Friday) -- Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer has some big decisions on her plate.
Yahoo figures to get a massive windfall from its 22.5% stake in the Chinese e-commerce giant, thanks to a prescient $1 billion investment the Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Internet pioneer made in 2005.
But now Yahoo needs to put that money to work, primarily through key acquisitions.
Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) is often mentioned in the same breath as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (NYSE: BABA).That's because of Yahoo's stake in Alibaba - it owns about 24% - initiated in 2005.
And this means a lot for YHOO as Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba preps for the largest IPO in history.
Stock market today, July 16, 2014: The Dow Jones today (Wednesday) closed up for its 15th record-breaking close in 2014.
U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen testified before Congress again today. She reiterated that the economy remains vulnerable to a struggling job market and stagnating wages - two reasons why the central bank will continue its loose monetary policy in 2014. Still, in its Beige Book this afternoon, the Federal Reserve said that the economy was expanding at "a modest to moderate pace."
Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) reported second quarter 2014 earnings results after closing bell today (Tuesday). Despite a miss, Yahoo stock surged more than 2.25% after hours.
Yesterday, Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) acquired Blink, a mobile-messaging app that allows users to send texts, pictures, and videos that self-destruct after an allotted period of time.
The acquisition fits into Yahoo's trend of buying small mobile companies in hopes of further strengthening its share of the mobile market.
Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) shareholders and prospective Alibaba investors were eagerly awaiting the Yahoo earnings report yesterday as it provides a glimpse into Alibaba's financial numbers.
The report didn't disappoint, as Alibaba saw its profits more than double in the fourth quarter of 2013.
Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) beat Wall Street predictions after the bell on Tuesday by $0.01, with earnings per share (EPS) of $0.38. Despite the beat, the digital media giant's revenue remained stagnant, and its operating income dropped 84% compared to the same quarter a year earlier.
The Alibaba IPO is officially coming to the United States in 2014, and the deal is expected to raise as much as $15 billion for China's largest e-commerce company.
A Reuters report in February polled eight analysts who estimated that Alibaba could reach a valuation of $140 billion.
Naturally, investors want in on the Alibaba IPO, which is likely to be one of the largest IPOs in U.S. history. Those who are able to get their hands on shares of Alibaba before it goes public stand to make quite a profit.
When rumors first began swirling last year about an Alibaba IPO, analysts estimated that China's largest e-commerce company could be valued as high as $100 billion.
According to a Reuters poll this month, eight analysts estimated that Alibaba could raise $15 billion through its IPO - at a valuation of $140 billion.
There's a reason why Alibaba's value continues to rise ahead of its IPO.
The e-commerce giant has been busy lately...