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Analysis: Beyond.com Still Lacks Brand Awareness

Software reseller Beyond.com's (Nasdaq: BYND) merger with privately held rival BuyDirect.com is, of course, a significant deal. But potential investors shouldn't get too excited. Online software retailing is a hypercompetitive, low-margin business, and right now the combination of Beyond.com and BuyDirect.com still doesn't have the brand awareness or market capitalization of a CompUsa (NYSE:CPU)...

E-Commerce Stock Watch: E*Trade Gets a Boost

Looks like E*Trade's recent service outages are being overshadowed by good news. Monday was a major day for the company in many ways. The stock closed up 8-7/16 to 48-9/16 after the Wall Street Journal speculated about a possible deal between E*Trade (Nasdaq: EGRP) and Goldman Sachs ...

E-Commerce Stock Watch: Even More Drama at Lycos

As if things weren't complicated enough, the proposed merger between Lycos (Nasdaq: LCOS) and USA Networks (Nasdaq: USAI) has led to a lawsuit ...

E-Commerce Stock Watch: A Good Day for eBay

If you're an eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) shareholder, don't worry about the top online auction house's decision to ban firearm sales hurting the company's bottom line. Gun and ammunition sales make up less than .25 percent of the company's revenues, and the highly publicized move, which was announced on Friday, is good PR for eBay ...

E-Commerce Stock Watch: Ticketmaster Attracts Major Players

Ticketmaster Online - CitySearch Inc. (Nasdaq: TMCS) seems to be a popular stock these days. USA Networks (Nasdaq: USAI) owns controlling interest of the ticket-selling giant, but do you know who else has a stake in Ticketmaster? ...

E-Commerce Stock Watch: Blodget Pumps up Amazon Again

CIBC Oppenheimer analyst Henry Blodget is at it again. You may remember Blodgett as the man who in December increased his price target for Amazon.com (Nasdaq: AMZN) to $400 (US$), prior to the online bookseller's 3-for-1 stock split ...

E-Commerce Stock Watch: Is eBay a Buy?

The search is on for sticky sites, and that's what makes eBay (Nasdaq: EBAY) a wise investment for America Online (NYSE: AOL). A sticky site is one that holds a user's attention for an extended period of time. According to Media Metrix, eBay is one of the stickiest sites on the Web. In December, the average eBay user spent 27 minutes each day they visited the site, while a typical Web site holds visitors for an average of approximately five minutes per page...

E-Commerce Stock Watch: Amazon.com a Big Hit on Campus

If you want to know where to put your money in the future, you might want to pay attention to what the kids like. Sports, sex, and stocks are supposed to the big three on the Internet, but for college students, it looks like it's schoolwork, sports and online shopping. Market research firm Student Monitor released a survey Wednesday that reported that 95 percent of college students use the Web, and that e-commerce behemoth Amazon.com is a popular destination...

E-Commerce Stock Watch: What is Nike Doing?

Nike (NYSE: NKE) started selling products on its Web site last Tuesday, but you'd hardly know it. If you visit the shoe company's site, there's nothing on the main page that tells you anything is for sale. And, if you start clicking around, you'll find that some selected products can be purchased, but most can't. It's all pretty confusing, really ...

E-Commerce Stock Watch: Byron, Byron Everywhere

Day traders beware. Chris Byron is now becoming a celebrity. You've probably read his countless end-is-near columns in MSNBC.com or the New York Observer or Playboy, or seen his name on TheStreet.com. You may even have heard me declare on RagingBull.com that Byron needs to get some new ideas. After all, he spent all of last year declaring that stocks like Amazon.com would be pounded like no stocks have ever been pounded before...

MSN Shopping Gives Egghead.com Top Billing

The roller-coaster ride that Egghead.com's (Nasdaq: EGGS) stock price has seen in the last year may be on the upswing again, thanks to a deal announced Tuesday with Microsoft and MSN. Under the new agreement, Microsoft's MSN Shopping site will feature Egghead as its primary merchant for computer software, and Egghead will also have an advertising presence on a variety of MSN sites, including MSNBC...

Yahoo! & Broadcast.com Could Be Banking on Web Pay-Per-View

The highly anticipated deal between portal power Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) and leading streaming media aggregator Broadcast.com (Nasdaq: BCST) was made official Thursday, when Yahoo! agreed to buy Broadcast.com for $5.7 billion (US$). The deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, is the second biggest Internet deal ever, behind only America Online's purchase of Netscape...

Yahoo! & Broadcast.com Could Be Banking on Web Pay-Per-View

The highly anticipated deal between portal power Yahoo! (Nasdaq: YHOO) and leading streaming media aggregator Broadcast.com (Nasdaq: BCST) was made official Thursday, when Yahoo! agreed to buy Broadcast.com for $5.7 billion (US$). The deal, which is expected to close in the third quarter of this year, is the second biggest Internet deal ever, behind only America Online's purchase of Netscape...

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