GRPN - Groupon, Inc.

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3.4800 -0.05 (-1.42%)
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Previous Close3.4600
Bid3.4300 x 41800
Ask3.5700 x 900
Day's Range3.4600 - 3.5650
52 Week Range2.8000 - 5.5200
Avg. Volume6,393,210
Market Cap2.013B
Beta (3Y Monthly)1.20
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-0.0200
Earnings DateMay 7, 2019 - May 13, 2019
Forward Dividend & YieldN/A (N/A)
Ex-Dividend DateN/A
1y Target Est3.88
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  • Groupon lays off about 20 Chicago employees: Report
    American City Business Journals6 hours ago

    Groupon lays off about 20 Chicago employees: Report

    The Chicago Tribune reported that the 11-year-old daily deals website laid off writers and photographers who developed content for social media.

  • 7 Hot Stocks Under $4
    InvestorPlace8 hours ago

    7 Hot Stocks Under $4

    U.S. equities are holding near major technical support levels -- the 2,800 mark on the S&P 500 and 26,000 on the Dow Jones Industrial Average -- as traders digest the latest Federal Reserve policy decision. Chairman Jerome Powell delivered a dovish message, which the Street had expected given the fresh memory of Q4 market volatility, a lack of inflation pressure, and recent softness in the economic data (aside from job gains).Weighing on sentiment slightly was a disappointing earnings report and outlook from FedEx (NYSE:FDX), which called attention to weaker global trade growth trends.Still, stocks overall are showing a desire to move higher with value hunters eager swooping in on any names that have lagged the epic surge out of the late December lows. There are still bargains if you know where to look. Energy, for instance, is benefiting from fresh strength in crude oil.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Stocks on the Rise Heading Into the Second Quarter Here are seven stocks trading under the $4-a-share threshold that are worth a look: Cheap Stocks to Buy: Weatherford (WFT)Weatherford (NYSE:WFT) shares continue to consolidate below the $1-a-share level but are riding on the back of a rising 50-day moving average. Watch for a breakout from its five-month trading range, setting up a run at the 200-day moving average that would be worth a gain of 132% from here.The move comes despite a downgrade from analysts at BMO Capital Markets in January. The company, based in Switzerland, is an oilfield service company that supports the drilling, evaluation, completion, and production of oil and gas wells. The company is trying to return to profitability, and trades at just a 0.14 price to sales ratio. Northern Oil and Gas (NOG)Shares of Northern Oil and Gas (NYSEAMERICAN:NOG), an independent energy producer, are looking ready for another breakout attempt from its five-month consolidation range, making another challenge on its 200-day moving average. Watch for a run to the November reaction high, which would be worth a gain of 23% from here.The company last reported results on March 12. Earnings of 25 cents per share beat estimates of 14 cents on revenues of $152.6 million vs. the $153.6 million that was expected. * 5 Cloud Stocks to Help Your Portfolio Fly Management noted an expectation for capital expenditures to be upwards of $285 million in 2019. Groupon (GRPN)Shares of Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) are continuing to rise alongside their 50-day moving average, continuing a three-month uptrend. The 200-day moving average has been a hurdle since the stock peaked last summer, so watch for another run to prior resistance near the $4-a-share level. Management has been focusing on higher-value customers and being more efficient with its marketing spend.The company will next report results on May 8 after the close. Analysts are looking for no earnings on revenues of $552.8 million. When the company last reported on Feb. 12, earnings of 10 cents per share missed estimates by three cents on an 8.4% decline in revenues. Chesapeake Energy (CHK)Shares of Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) are extending a three-month uptrend pattern as it closes in on its 200-day moving average. Watch for a run to the 200-day moving average, which would be worth an easy 10% gain from here. That should be helped by energy prices broadly pushing higher heading into the summer driving season -- benefiting U.S. shale operators like CHK. In January, Imperial Capital analysts noted management continues to focus on capital discipline and improving its balance sheet.The company will next report results on May 1 before the bell, according to Analysts are looking for earnings of 12 cents per share on revenues of $2.3 billion. * Top 7 Service Sector Stocks That Will Pay You to Own Them When the company last reported on Feb. 27, earnings of 21 cents per share beat estimates by four cents on a 21.8% rise in revenues. The9 Ltd. (NCTY)The9 Ltd. (NASDAQ:NCTY) is a Chinese online game developer in China, creating online and massively multiplayer franchises. It was formerly known as and has been around since 1999. Properties include the CrossFire brand mobile shooting games and FireFall.This is an extremely speculative pick, but has been benefiting from the rising interest in Chinese equities on hopes of a trade deal between Washington and Beijing. The company has also pushed into the blockchain space, forming a technology group to explore opportunities in that area. Nabors Industries (NBR)Shares of Nabors Industries (NYSE:NBR) continue to enjoy a smooth, three-month uptrend after suffering a massive 90% decline from its early 2017 high. Watch for shares of the company to make a run at its 200-day moving average, which would be worth a gain of 35% from here. The company provides drilling and drilling-related services to land-based and offshore energy wells.The company will next report results on April 30 after the close. Analysts are looking for a loss of 25 cents per share on revenues of $776.3 million. * 7 Small-Cap Stocks That Make the Grade When the company last reported on Feb. 26, a loss of 55 cents per share missed estimates by 38 cents on a 10.4% rise in revenues. But this cheap stock could be ready to rebound. Clean Energy Fuels (CLNE)Shares of Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ:CLNE), operator of natural gas stations for alternative-fuel vehicle fleets such as heavy-duty trucks and buses, are surging higher nearly doubling off of the low seen in late December. This returns the stock to the middle of the trading range that has been in place over the past three years -- providing a solid base of support to any extension to the upside.On March 12, the company reported that quarterly revenues grew 7.7% from the year prior on a 14.2% rise in the amount of natural gas delivered. While electric vehicles get all the attention these days, natural gas vehicles are often a cheaper and easier solution especially for long-haul operators.As of this writing, William Roth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Specialty Retail ETFs to Buy the Industry's Disruption * 5 Stocks To Buy for the Happiest Employees * 3 Out-of-Favor Consumer Stocks to Buy Compare Brokers The post 7 Hot Stocks Under $4 appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • Class-Action Suits Shouldn’t Stress, or Surprise, Nio Stock Owners
    InvestorPlace10 hours ago

    Class-Action Suits Shouldn’t Stress, or Surprise, Nio Stock Owners

    Has owning Nio (NYSE:NIO) stock made you seasick yet? It would be surprising if it hadn't. Following its September IPO, which was priced at $6.25, NIO stock surged to a peak of more than $13 three days later, back to less than $6 by late October, rallied to more than $10 last month and then fell back to less than $6 per share, where it stands as of this morning. NIO Inc. stock has put investors through the wringer.Source: Shutterstock And some shareholders aren't happy about the volatility… particularly the volatility that's inflicted damage on their portfolios. In fact, a class-action lawsuit has been launched for those who invested in NIO and feel they were duped.It may be a colossal waste of your time to jump on that bandwagon, though. The volatility of NIO stock was inevitable, and in the end its volatility will be irrelevant to most judges and juries.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading Tips * 10 Stocks on the Rise Heading Into the Second Quarter That kind of uncertainty is what investors who bought NIO stock signed up for. A Typical Post-IPO StoryNIO has been called the Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) of China, and for good reason. While many electric vehicles to-date have looked and felt like glorified go-karts, Nio -- like Tesla -- understands that form and function can also look cool. Nio's ES8 is a luxury vehicle.NIO is also a relatively new company, however. It was founded in 2014, only started to make vehicles in late 2017, and NIO stock only went public in September of last year.NIO stock has also dished out the usual post-IPO swings. The volatility wasn't caused by changes in the company's outlook. Instead, it's a reflection of the market's ever-changing perception of what Nio is, and where it's going.But Tesla stock was also all over the map in its early days, as are most newly-minted stocks.And that's what makes the class-action suit by at least a few investors, bluntly, a little bit sad, if not terribly surprising.The key tenets of the suits are (there are more than one, but they are all based on the same main complaint) summed up in a filing by one group of plaintiffs:"The lawsuit focuses on whether the Company and its executives violated federal securities laws by making false and/or misleading statements and/or failing to disclose that: (1) NIO would not be building its own manufacturing plant and would instead continue to rely on JAC Auto to manufacture its vehicles; (2) reductions in government subsidies for electric cars would materially impact NIO's sales; and (3) as a result, Defendants' statements about NIO's business, operations, and prospects were materially false and misleading at all relevant times."Voiced in fairly typical legal-ese, it sounds dastardly.Read it again, though. Is NIO actually "guilty" of anything? Poor ArgumentsIt's true that Nio will continue to work with JAC to develop electric vehicles. But the company never gave a definite time frame as to when it might build its own facility.Here's the kicker on the matter: Nio is actually trying to help itself and the owners of NIO stock by not taking on the steep expense and risk of committing to its own plant right away. Ironically, one of the chief complaints about Tesla in its early stages was how much it spent (and arguably shouldn't have) on building its own production facility.As for the subsidy issue, the company has actually said little about the impact of subsidy changes. It would be naive on everyone's part, however, to think that a termination of subsidies wouldn't create some sort of headwind for NIO stock. That is, to borrow a term from the patent-law world, "obvious" and therefore should not be grounds for a lawsuit.Moreover, the plaintiffs haven't shown that subsidy changes have had a quantifiable, verifiable impact on NIO's business.As for the charge that the company's business, operations, and prospects are "materially false and misleading at all relevant times,"clear definitions of "material," "misleading" and "relevant" must be provided. Those are tricky words for any judge or jury to define.If the class-action suit ends up being successful, then almost every company in the world that's ever disappointed investors for any reason at any time is now subject to litigation. That's just not going to happen. The Bottom Line on NIO StockThe real story isn't the class-action lawsuits that are taking shape. Indeed, it would have been surprising if such litigation didn't materialize. Most companies whose stocks drop in the wake of their IPOs face some sort of legal pushback because we've become a litigious society.Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) -- one of the most rewarding investments since the subprime meltdown -- was sued shortly after going public in 2012 for allegedly covering up worries about its growth prospects. It settled for a laughable $35 million last year, which was probably cheaper than continuing to fight the case.The real story is that this sort of legal and even philosophical wrangling is all part of the growing pains that any new company has to face.Nio didn't do anything wrong. All equity investments always carry some risk. The shareholders of a company don't receive a contract.When you own a stock, it's understood that you're granting decision-making authority to the company's management, who have every right to change their minds about issues. It's a given that a company may never turn a profit; it's possible that a company may crash and burn. Just ask the people who bought Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) stock based on the company's brilliant concept that, as it turns out, isn't a terribly profitable one.Groupon settled its post-IPO suit for a scant $45 million.The plaintiffs suing Nio probably won't be able to prove any actual malfeasance by the company. At best, they will prove that they are frustrated because they bought into the hype of the media and the mob vis-a-vis NIO stock.Welcome to the stock market.As of this writing, James Brumley did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. You can learn more about James at his site,, or follow him on Twitter, at @jbrumley. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Specialty Retail ETFs to Buy the Industry's Disruption * 5 Stocks To Buy for the Happiest Employees * 3 Out-of-Favor Consumer Stocks to Buy Compare Brokers The post Class-Action Suits Shouldna€™t Stress, or Surprise, Nio Stock Owners appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • ACCESSWIREyesterday

    Tech Stocks Now Even Hotter with Latest News

    HENDERSON, NV / ACCESSWIRE / March 20, 2019 / Technology stocks had a challenging 2018. The Tech Select Sector SPDR (XLK) finished the year on a nearly 3% decline and the tech heavy Nasdaq Composite dropped ...

  • Groupon's Evolving Business Strategy
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    Groupon's Evolving Business Strategy

    Groupon is phasing out the coupon vouchers that made it popular and taking on new initiatives to invest in the health of its marketplace.

  • What Drew PayPal to MercadoLibre?
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    What Drew PayPal to MercadoLibre?

    All You Need to Know ahead of PayPal’s Q1 Results(Continued from Prior Part)MercadoLibre is raising funds for expansion PayPal (PYPL) announced on March 11 that it would invest $750 million in the purchase of an equity stake in MercadoLibre (MELI).

  • Do Institutions Own Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN) Shares?
    Simply Wall St.6 days ago

    Do Institutions Own Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN) Shares?

    A look at the shareholders of Groupon, Inc. (NASDAQ:GRPN) can tell us which group is most powerful. Institutions often own shares in more established companies, while it's not unusual toRead More...

  • Why Is Groupon (GRPN) Down 3.7% Since Last Earnings Report?
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    Why Is Groupon (GRPN) Down 3.7% Since Last Earnings Report?

    Groupon (GRPN) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a look at earnings estimates for some clues.

  • Alibaba Is Confident despite China Slowdown
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    Alibaba Is Confident despite China Slowdown

    Recent Updates from Amazon and Alibaba(Continued from Prior Part)Alibaba doesn’t seem worried by economic slowdown or trade war Despite cutting its fiscal 2019 revenue guidance by as much as 6.0% and China’s much-publicized economic slowdown,

  • YELP Stock Needs More Than Big Promises from Management
    InvestorPlace16 days ago

    YELP Stock Needs More Than Big Promises from Management

    For the last few years, the performance from Yelp (NYSE:YELP) hasn't been quite good enough. Yelp is growing: Adjusted EBITDA rose 16% in 2018, but growth was priced in. The YELP stock price is down 14% over the past year, and still sits below mid-2015 highs.Source: Shutterstock Yelp management clearly believes that will change. Executives laid out aggressive targets in conjunction with Q4 earnings last month. If Yelp hits those targets (or comes close) the stock has tremendous upside. But the initial reaction to those plans suggests that investors are skeptical. Recent history suggests they have good reason. * 7 Chinese Stocks to Buy for the 2019 Rebound Yelp's New TargetsIn the fourth quarter release, Yelp detailed its targets for the next five years. Revenue is expected to rise in the "mid-teens" annually through 2023. Adjusted EBITDA margins are expected to rise 2-3 points in 2019 and at a similar pace for the following four years, ending at 30-35% against 2018's 19%.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsIf Yelp hits those targets, earnings will soar. Assuming 15% annual top-line growth, revenue should double over the five years to $1.9 billion. Margins of 32.5%, the midpoint of the out-year target, suggest Adjusted EBITDA of $617 million.That's more than triple 2018's $183 million. Assuming a 24% tax rate and a modest rise in depreciation and amortization, net income would reach the range of $400 million. That's close to $5 per YELP share.However an analyst runs these numbers, they suggest enormous upside. A 12x EBITDA multiple, plus cash, gets the stock to $100. A 20x P/E multiple - again, plus cash - gets YELP past that point.The current YELP stock price sits below $37. As such, there's a reasonable case that if Yelp management is right, YELP stock could triple. And the company is putting its money where its mouth is: the company doubled its share buyback authorization after Q4, and pledged to buy back $250 million of Yelp shares in the first half of the year alone. The Reaction to Yelp EarningsOf course, it's also reasonably clear that investors don't trust Yelp management. YELP stock actually soared in after-hours trading following the Q4 report. In regular trading the next day, however, the YELP stock price actually dipped modestly. An analyst upgrade gave the stock a boost, but it has weakened in recent sessions, and now trades well below its pre-earnings price.That seems surprising given solid 2019 guidance, the long-term targets, and an impressive Q4. (Adjusted EPS of $0.37 crushed consensus estimates of $0.10.) But investors do have some reason to be skeptical.Indeed, there are concerns with the Yelp business model, dating back to those I detailed on this site back in 2017. Yelp is projecting strong revenue growth but activity on the site isn't increasing all that fast. Figures from the 10-K suggest that the number of reviews on Yelp has risen only 6-7% on average in the past three years.The aggressive long-term targets are somewhat belied by recent performance. Revenue rose just 11% in 2018. Adjusted EBITDA margins were flat. Yelp is projecting quite an acceleration in the business, in terms of both the top line and margins.Most of the operating leverage is supposed to come from sales and marketing, which Yelp believes can be leveraged by ten full points, the majority of the projected margin expansion.That goal depends on one shift; one that Yelp hasn't been able to master so far. Self-Serve and YELP StockFor Yelp to leverage sales and marketing spend, two things have to happen. First, revenue has to continue to grow. Secondly, Yelp has to drive that revenue growth while moderating its spending on sales and marketing.That's obviously easier said than done. That's particularly true given that Yelp's model requires intensive sales and marketing spend, which accounted for over half of 2018 revenue.The way to do this is to drive a "self-serve" model. At the moment, Yelp is selling most of its services - which undercuts the value (and operating leverage) of the platform. It's a model that looks a more like Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) than Match Group (NASDAQ:MTCH) or TripAdvisor (NASDAQ:TRIP). That's obviously not a good thing.So the pivot to more self-serve revenue makes some sense. The question is whether it will work. Yelp already is struggling with higher cancellations. And local advertising competition remains intense, with Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) an obvious rival and myriad other smaller and mid-sized offerings (including from newspapers).The concern here is obvious. Yelp is having trouble keeping customers even while it spends 50%+ of sales attracting and maintaining those customers. Can it do better in terms of retention while spending less (on a relative basis)?Investors don't believe it can. Right now, that skepticism makes some sense. But if Yelp can show some progress and regain investor confidence YELP stock is too cheap. That's a big 'if' - but it no doubt would lead to big rewards.As of this writing, Vince Martin has no positions in any securities mentioned. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 7 Big Data Stocks That Deserve a Closer Look * 7 Best Energy Funds to Outperform the Market * 5 Blue-Chip Stocks Ready to Rise Compare Brokers The post YELP Stock Needs More Than Big Promises from Management appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • 7 Stocks Under $10 You Shouldn’t Buy
    InvestorPlace17 days ago

    7 Stocks Under $10 You Shouldn’t Buy

    [Editor's note: This story was originally published in October 2018. It has since been updated and republished. It is likely the author's opinions have shifted since original publication.]Everybody loves a deal when it comes to investing. It's why there are a lot of articles written about stocks under $10 and the reasons you should buy them. This article isn't one of those.I decided to write about stocks you shouldn't buy under $10 after reading an article about Sears Holdings (NASDAQ:SHLDQ) and how its stock's dropped below $1 and risks delisting. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that Sears is ready for the scrap heap. It's been on a retail deathwatch for several years.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsThe fact is, there are times when stocks under $10, are trading at that level for a reason, and there are other times when a stock is merely misunderstood and ready for a revival.Generally, I'm a glass-half-full person who likes to pick stocks to buy rather than sell, but for this article, I'm going to recommend seven stocks under $10 that should be sold, if owned, and avoided if contemplating. * 10 Best Stocks to Buy and Hold Forever Sometimes, a dog stock is just that. Chesapeake Energy (CHK)Source: Philadelphia 76ers Via FlickrIf you bought Chesapeake Energy (NYSE:CHK) stock at the end of 2018, you're actually up roughly 42% year to date. However, if you bought CHK stock roughly 15 years ago and still hold today -- which is unlikely -- you've lost 0.84% on an annualized basis, much worse than the 10.3% annualized total return for the oil and gas sector as a whole.A recent article by Seeking Alpha contributor Giovanni DiMauro -- the author argued that Chesapeake's $1.25 billion offering of senior notes at interest rates between 7.0%-7.5% was too high -- reminded me why I suggested in August that Chesapeake would not be one the stocks under $10.It just has too much debt. And even though the bond offering lowers the company's overall interest rate, it will still have $8.5 billion in debt after the Utica shale divestiture.However, in August, I did say that buying under $4 was a good play for aggressive investors."Its long-term debt is still $9.2 billion or more than double its market cap, although that's expected to drop with the recent $2 billion disposition of some of its Utica shale assets in Ohio. Like I said last September, for those that can afford to lose their investment, an entry point below $4 remains a good one.Above that, I'd look elsewhere."Now I'm not so sure. The company keeps insisting that it will get to free cash flow neutrality, but if it can't do that at $75 a barrel, how's it going to do it at $55? Only speculators should own this stock. Ford (F)Source: Shutterstock If you bought Ford (NYSE:F) stock at the end of 2017, you're down around 8% in that timeframe. Ford hasn't had an annual gain of more than 20% since 2013. Over the past five years, it's down 6.0% annually compared to 2.6% for its peer group.Back in July 2017, I argued that GE (NYSE:GE) should have hired an outsider who could come in and give the business a fresh set of eyes. They didn't do that. Now, Flannery's out as CEO.I mention this because, in June 2017, I suggested that Ford stock was dead money until the car maker got a real innovator as CEO. Jim Hackett might be a great guy, but he's not the person for the job. The September vehicle sales have come out. Ford's reported that its total U.S. sales fell 11.2% to 197,404 vehicles. Ford's F-Series declined 8.8% in the first month of fall, although it was competing against strong sales from a year earlier. That said, both Jeep and Ram trucks had record Septembers. * 7 Consumer Staples ETFs to Buy Now If Ford's bread and butter (the F-150) can't grow sales, you can forget about $10. There are better options in the automotive industry and better stocks under $10 to buy. Groupon (GRPN)Source: Shutterstock Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) stock is down 26.2% in 2018. Trading at or near its 52-week low of $3.65, the glass-half-full investor might argue that it's in a better situation today than when it traded near $2 in February 2016.Perhaps, but I'm sure there is a big segment of the population that has no idea Groupon still exists, and that's a huge problem. The only reason why Groupon hasn't retreated to sub-$2 is that the company is shopping itself around and investors are speculating that Alibaba (NYSE:BABA), who owns 5.6% of the promotional deal site, could be a potential virus.Also, Jim Cramer loves Groupon's balance sheet and thinks it's doing well. He's not wrong. It expects to generate adjusted EBITDA of at least $280 million in 2018, $30 million higher than in 2017. Not to mention its free cash flow yield is currently 8.3%, just inside the 8% value criteria.However, I just don't see private equity being interested in Groupon despite having more than $600 million in cash. At the end of the day, only a strategic buyer like Alibaba would be interested, but not at a big premium to its current share price. GRPN will likely stay a stock under $10. Snap (SNAP)Source: Shutterstock Down 44.5% year-to-date , it's easy to see how some investors view Snap (NASDAQ:SNAP) as a value buy at these levels. I'm not one of them.I've not been a fan of Snap's business pretty much since its IPO in March 2017, when it sold 200 million shares at $17 a pop, generating several billion for it to fritter away."Sure, they might have read the section of the Snap Inc. prospectus that warned 'it may never achieve or maintain profitability' and reflected on this warning, but I highly doubt it," I wrote in April 2017 discussing the company post-IPO. "The reality is that anyone who bought SNAP stock, young or old, broke one of the cardinal rules of investing: Buy profitable businesses at reasonable prices."Analysts, too, have become impatient with Snap's inability to make money."We are tired of Snapchat's excuses for missing numbers and are no longer willing to give management 'time' to figure out monetization," BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield wrote in a September note. "We incorrectly stuck to our neutral rating in October 2017 due to our view that communications apps were sticky and would protect Snapchat engagement, with management simply needing more time to figure out monetization." * 7 Big Data Stocks That Deserve a Closer Look SNAP, quite simply, is a stock for speculators only. Vipshop (VIPS)Source: Shutterstock This time eight months ago, Vipshop Holdings (NYSE:VIPS) was trading above $18, its highest level since November 2015. Then it delivered a couple of underwhelming quarterly earnings reports and the rout was on. It's now lost two-thirds of its value trading below $6 as I write this.Three things stand out about Vipshop's current situation: 1) revenue growth is decelerating, 2) earnings are declining, and 3) active customers have flatlined."This was supposed to be a year of market expansion after it struck a partnership deal with two of China's internet titans, but the win-win-win deal hasn't resulted in the kind of exposure and uptick in customers that many bulls originally envisioned," wrote the Motley Fool's Rick Munarriz September 10. "Vipshop may seem like a bargain today at just 10 times this year's projected earnings and 8.5 times next year's bottom-line target, but those profit targets keep dropping as the niche conditions worsen."Is it the worst buy of these seven stocks under $10?Absolutely not, but that doesn't mean I'd go anywhere near it until it demonstrates a couple of quarters of renewed growth. Until then, you're definitely not putting your investment capital to its best use. Zynga (ZNGA)Source: Brownpau via Flickr (Modified)After a massive rebound in 2017 -- it had a 55.6% total return -- it's not surprising that Zynga (NASDAQ:ZNGA) stock has gone sideways in 2018, up about 2% YTD.Like Groupon, Zynga is one of those companies that seems to fly under the radar. With games like FarmVille (14% of revenue in Q2 2018), CSR Racing (14%), Slots (27%) and Zynga Poker (23%) continuing to generate revenue growth for the game developer, it's easy to see why it still has investor support.Valued at $3.4 billion, that's a lot of money for a company that's never made more than $125 million in operating income. Currently trading at 37 times cash flow, you can buy Activision Blizzard (NASDAQ:ATVI) stock for less than 31 times cash flow, a company that has ten times the operating income. * 5 Retail Stocks Ready to Break Out Oh, and in case you were wondering, ZNGA stock hasn't traded above $10 since April 2012. Nio (NIO)The last of our stocks under $10 to avoid is NIO (NYSE:NIO). NIO went public on September 11, 2018, selling 160 million shares at $6.26 for net proceeds of $954.9 million. It had a strong start gaining 5.4% on its first day moving as high as $11.60 within a couple of days of its IPO. Since then the Chinese electric vehicle maker has given back all of its gains and looks ready to fall below $6. Nio wants to deliver a Tesla-like vehicle at a lower cost. However, if experience making cars is important to you, you'll want to avoid its stock."Nio's not a stock we have any interest in," said Mark Tepper, president and CEO of Strategic Wealth Partners, managing over $1 billion in assets, told Business Insider. "An unproven management team along zero experience in manufacturing cars makes this an easy stock to steer clear of."Since launching its ES8 SUV in December 2017, the company's delivered just 1,602. It has another 15,778 unfulfilled reservations; 39% have a $6,544 non-refundable reservation. The remaining 61% of reservations have a $727 fully refundable deposit. It also has plans to launch the ES6, a 5-seater SUV by the end of 2018, with deliveries in the first half of 2019.And like Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), Nio doesn't make money. In the first six months of fiscal 2018, Nio had revenues of $7.0 million and a net loss of $502.6 million. If you're going to bet on an electric vehicle maker, Nio isn't the one.As of this writing, Will Ashworth did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities. More From InvestorPlace * 2 Toxic Pot Stocks You Should Avoid * 5 Retail Stocks Ready to Break Out * 7 Strong Buy Stocks the Street Loves * 10 Best Stocks to Buy and Hold Forever Compare Brokers The post 7 Stocks Under $10 You Shouldna€™t Buy appeared first on InvestorPlace.

  • 4 Penny Stocks to Own for 2019
    InvestorPlace24 days ago

    4 Penny Stocks to Own for 2019

    [Editor's note: This story was previously published in May 2018. It has since been updated and republished.] Do you think penny stocks are best left to amateur traders who don't understand that cheap stocks are cheap for a reason? It's not an entirely unfair assessment. Many of these young (and doomed companies) are the beneficiaries of great sales pitches, but their investors often end up suffering buyer's remorse.It's a misnomer, however, to think all penny stocks -- let's quantify them as equities priced at less than $5 per share -- aren't worth owning. Thanks to factors ranging from prolonged weakness in the commodities market to strategic stock splits to poorly-timed IPOs, a handful of these low-priced equities are actually compelling prospects. * 7 Cheap Stocks That Make the Grade In fact, here's a run-down of four of the best penny stocks to mull for 2018, and maybe beyond, none of which aren't exchange-listed names.InvestorPlace - Stock Market News, Stock Advice & Trading TipsSource: Irene Grassi via Wikimedia (Modified) AK Steel Holding Corporation (AKS)One would think the steel business to be a steady and predictable one, with these stocks (and steel prices) ebbing and flowing more or less with the bigger economic cycle. One would be wrong in thinking this, however.The steel industry is a volatile mess, with ever-changing supply and demand making it impossible for the likes of AK Steel Holding Corporation (NYSE:AKS) to commit to a plan for the future.The end result? An already-cheap AKS stock has basically gone nowhere for the past 15 years, with everything that could go wrong during that time going wrong at an inopportune time.That may finally be on the verge of changing, however. With President Trump at least willing to try to level the playing field between the United States' steel companies and overseas rivals at the same time the global economy appears to be picking up some steam, AK Steel is in a proverbial sweet spot.Analysts think so anyway, with earnings and revenue projected to grow this year.Source: Shutterstock PDL BioPharma Inc (PDLI)PDL BioPharma (NASDAQ:PDLI) is a curious beast. It was initially established as a vehicle to acquire the rights to, or patents on, highly marketable drugs that would ultimately drive income for its investors.It worked too, for a while. As time marched on, however, drug developers realized they could do for themselves what PDL was doing. 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Consequently, GRPN will likely survive over the long-run.But Groupon also has growth potential. We are shifting to a society in which consumers value experiences over products. Experiences aren't sold by Amazon or Walmart. But Groupon offers discounts on experiences through its platform, meaning that the company is perfectly aligned with the experience mega-trend.Over the next several years, GRPN needs to double down on local experiences and provide more discounts on experiences that can't be purchased through Walmart or Amazon. If the company successfully executes this strategy, its customer base could start to grow again. Furthermore, embracing voucherless transactions and improving the experience of customers who use mobile devices could also reinvigorate the platform's growth.Overall, Groupon is positioned for a nice turnaround over the next several years. 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