U.S. markets rebounded Friday, with biotech companies leading the charge in today's session. The markets got a strong shot in the arm after the U.S. Commerce Department revised GDP growth upward for the second quarter. The U.S. economy accelerated at its strongest pace in 30 months.
Here are the top stories from the stock market today…
Alibaba's Value to Yahoo Explains Soaring YHOO Stock Price over Last Two Years
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?To understand this better, it’s better to look at YHOO as two separate businesses.
Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) Has to Make Its Windfall Count After Alibaba IPO
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.Here are the companies most likely to be on Yahoo's shopping list...
Yahoo's Stake in Alibaba: How This Partnership Started and What's Next
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.Here’s how the Yahoo-Alibaba partnership began, and what it could mean for both Yahoo and Alibaba stock going forward…
Yahoo Stock (Nasdaq: YHOO) Surges Despite First-Ever Mayer Earnings Miss
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.Here’s what’s going on…
GPRO, NKE, YHOO Among Hot Stocks on the Move Today
GoPro Inc. (Nasdaq: GPRO) tops Friday's hot stocks to watch list. Shares of the wearable camcorder maker soared another 20% intraday on the heels of its highly anticipated IPO on Thursday.
Also jumping today on earnings, analysts upgrades, and company news are a couple of athletic retailers, a home builder, an online travel outfit, and more...Get the full list, including GPRO, YHOO, and NKE, right here…
The Real Reason Yahoo Purchased Blink, and What That Means for YHOO Stock
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 and CEO Marissa Mayer better hope that this strategy pays off, because if it fails YHOO stock could be in serious trouble…
Alibaba IPO: Profits Soar as Investors Await Filing
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.As Alibaba prepares for its IPO in 2014, its value keeps rising. If it continues this strategy, it may be the biggest U.S. IPOs we've ever seen...
How to Play Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) Stock After Earnings
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.Here's how our expert suggests playing Yahoo stock after Tuesday's earnings results...
The Alibaba IPO Will Make Billions of Dollars for This Tech Company
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.But no one will be profiting quite like this company...
Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) Down 8.7% Today, Is Mayer's Honeymoon Over?
Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) stock has nearly tripled since Chief Executive Officer Marissa Mayer took over in July 2012. But an 8.7% slip today (Wednesday) after a down revenue report has investors wondering whether Mayer's bullish touch is coming to an end.To see the video, please click here...
- Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) Earnings Update: Mayer's Perfect Streak Continues The honeymoon may be over for Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer. While her streak of beating earnings estimates remained intact, investors focused on problems with the company's core business and promptly punished the stock. Yet Mayer promised that one strategy she has focused on in the past year will eventually pay off...
Is Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) Stock a Buy?
Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) stock has climbed more than 28% in the past three months and is up 97% year to date. Now the tech company is planning to acquire a startup that helps people exchange pictures and downloads.
Since Marissa Mayer took over as Yahoo's chief executive officer in 2012, the company has made more than 20 acquisitions, mostly startups.To watch the video, please click here...
Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) Purchase Reveals Its New Strategy
Today (Monday), Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald appeared on FOX Business' "Varney & Co.," where he lent expert insight on the latest move by digital media giant Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO).
On Friday, Yahoo acquired Evntlive, a concert-streaming startup that was co-founded by former Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) Chief Technology Officer Judy Estrin.To continue reading click here...
- What to Do With Yahoo's (Nasdaq: YHOO) 80% Gain After one year, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has brought the company back from the brink of irrelevance; whether she can return Yahoo to its former glory has been an open question. But there is one key area in which Yahoo has surged ahead of even Google, and that could change everything... Read more
Yahoo (Nasdaq: YHOO) Stock Hopes Ditching Assets Will Spark Turnaround
Finally, after all the negotiations and failed attempts at making a deal, Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO) has agreed to let China's e-commerce company Alibaba repurchase its shares.
In just over a week since Yahoo ousted CEO Scott Thompson for padding his resume, the search engine giant announced that it would sell half of its 40% stake in Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. with the possibility of selling the rest at some point.
Yahoo will receive at least $6.3 billion in cash and as much as $800 million in newly issued Alibaba preferred stock, the companies said in a statement yesterday (Monday). At the time of an IPO, Alibaba will be required to either buy back a quarter of Yahoo's current stake or let Yahoo sell the shares.
In the announcement, Yahoo also said it would use all of the sale's after-tax proceeds to repurchase its own shares, with the Yahoo board already having approved a $5 billion increase to the firm's current buyback program.
The sale, strongly encouraged by analysts and investors, frees up some cash for Yahoo. Many have been waiting for this deal to come through as talks repeatedly failed over the past year between Yahoo's ex-CEO Carol Bartz and Alibaba.
Some calculations suggest Yahoo may have let go of Alibaba at a steep discount. But a person familiar with the deal said there were provisions which would allow Yahoo to benefit if Alibaba is valued at more than $35 billion when it sets the pricing for its IPO.
Furthermore, the move had to be made, and was one of five things that Money Morning's Keith Fitz-Gerald said he would do if he ran Yahoo.