Cyber Monday Beats Black Friday: Hedge Funds Love These Online Retailers

Cyber Monday Beats Black Friday: Hedge Funds Love These Online Retailers

Research  these Stocks on Kapitall’s Playground Now

 
research now

New data shows that Cyber Monday, the younger virtual cousin of Black Friday, has won out as the biggest online shopping day in history.

Online sales rose 22 percent to $1.25 billion on "Cyber Monday," when retailers ramped up online promotions, according to research firm comScore Inc. That makes it the biggest online shopping day ever, the research firm said. A year ago, "Cyber Monday" sales topped $1 billion for the first time. (via CNBC.com)

According to IBM Benchmark, as of 3 p.m. ET, online sales were up 15% from last year.

Shopping in the New Age

Besides causing online retailers to jump for joy, Cyber Monday highlights the number of American consumers who have become more comfortable with using their personal computers, tablets and smartphones to shop.

This means adaptation for retailers who want to capitalize on the shifting market habits. Heavy promotions, time sensitive discounts, free shipping and online coupon codes all play a strong role in bringing customers to websites and boosting revenues.

Also significant is the medium consumers use to shop. According to CNN, more than 12% of the people surfing retailer sites were using mobile devices, according to IBM Benchmark, and more than 7% of the purchases made were on mobile. That's up from 3.2% last year. iPhone and iPad were the top mobile devices for retail traffic, with Android devices coming in third.

"When you look at the numbers… you can really see how fast the mobile experience and the mobile user is impacting online sales," says IBM's John Squire, chief strategy officer for IBM Smarter Commerce.

Investing Ideas

Amazon, Best Buy, Macy's, Walmart, and nearly every major (and minor) retailer beyond were advertising their Cyber Monday deals. "Even nontraditional businesses such as airlines and hotels were getting in on the act with Monday travel discounts," reports CNN.

So, which internet information providers were most expected to benefit from the national online shopping spree, and more importantly, the increased internet activity?

To find out we looked for the internet information provider stocks that have recently received bullish sentiment from institutional buyers – meaning they have net positive purchases in the current quarter.

“Smart Money” seems to think there’s an upside to these names, do you agree?

 

 

1. HomeAway, Inc. (AWAY, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates an online marketplace for the vacation rental industry. Market cap of $2.06B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 13.1M, which is 38.37% of the company's 34.14M share float. The stock is currently stuck in a downtrend, trading -19.81% below its SMA20, -25.29% below its SMA50, and -30.46% below its SMA200. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 17.03% over the last week.

 

2. InfoSpace, Inc. (INSP, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Develops search tools and technologies that assist consumers with finding content and information on the Internet. Market cap of $371.04M. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 1.7M, which is 5.29% of the company's 32.15M share float. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.9, and P/FCF ratio at 12.84. The stock has had a couple of great days, gaining 11.1% over the last week.

 

3. Pandora Media, Inc. (P, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Operates as an Internet radio company in the United States. Market cap of $1.59B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 4.1M, which is 7.47% of the company's 54.87M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 5.79% (equivalent to 11.7 days of average volume). It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 21.33% over the last week.

 

4. Bankrate, Inc. (RATE, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Bankrate, Inc. offers online financial data feed management services. Market cap of $1.83B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 23.5M, which is 92.48% of the company's 25.41M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 17.01% (equivalent to 14.08 days of average volume).

 

5. Sohu.com Inc. (SOHU, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Engages in the brand advertising, online gaming, sponsored search, and wireless businesses in China. Market cap of $1.83B. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 1.1M, which is 3.69% of the company's 29.82M share float. Might be undervalued at current levels, with a PEG ratio at 0.64, and P/FCF ratio at 8.45. It's been a rough couple of days for the stock, losing 7.24% over the last week.

 

6. XO Group Inc. (XOXO, Earnings, Analysts, Financials): Provides multiplatform media services to the wedding, newlywed, and pregnancy markets in the United States. Market cap of $207.71M. Net institutional shares purchased over the current quarter at 7.3M, which is 28.53% of the company's 25.59M share float. The stock is a short squeeze candidate, with a short float at 6.63% (equivalent to 9.95 days of average volume). The stock has performed poorly over the last month, losing 23.36%.

 

(Written by Rebecca Lipman)

 

Use Kapitall's Tools: Looking for ways to analyze this list?

Use this article snapshot as a launch pad (click here for help): Simply click on the links, and use Kapitall's tab navigation to browse through the data…

 

Analyze These Ideas: Getting Started

Dig Deeper: Access Company Snapshots, Charts, Filings

ABOUT US

© Kapitall, Inc. All rights reserved. Kapitall Wire is a division of Kapitall, Inc. Kapitall Generation, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kapitall, Inc.

Kapitall Wire offers free cutting edge investing ideas, intended for educational information purposes only. It should not be construed as an offer to buy or sell securities, or any other product or service provided by Kapitall Inc., and its affiliate companies.

Open a free account today get access to virtual cash portfolios, cutting-edge tools, stock market insights, and a live brokerage platform through our affiliated company, Kapitall Generation, LLC. 

Securities products and services are offered by Kapitall Generation, LLC - a FINRA/SIPC member. 

playthemarket640jpg

Leave a Reply

Protected by WP Anti Spam

playthemarket280jpg
  • See Most Recent Articles