Ctrip.com Takes Off, Powered By Mobile Apps (CTRP)

May 14, 2015, 2:51 pm EDT
Ctrip.com Takes Off, Powered By Mobile Apps (CTRP)

Ctrip.com International, Ltd. (NASDAQ:CTRP), China’s largest online travel agency, gave investors a lot to celebrate today. The company had a blowout quarter and, as a result, CTRP stock opened up a sizzling 13% on Thursday, hitting an all-time high.

In Q1, the company posted a 46% jump in revenues to $373 million, which handily beat the Street consensus of $363 million. Ctrip showed solid performance across all its main lines of business: accommodations (up 45%), transportation (up 46%) and packaged tours (up 53%)

While the company did post a loss of 15 cents per share, it was still much better than the year-ago loss of 26 cents per share. Analysts were expecting a loss of 25 cents per share. Read 

GDDY: GoDaddy Stock Keeps Going Strong

May 13, 2015, 12:06 pm EDT
GDDY: GoDaddy Stock Keeps Going Strong

Back in early April, GoDaddy Inc (NYSE:GDDY) pulled off a successful IPO, with the stock up about 30%. And since then, the valuation has held fairly steady. In fact, on news of company’s first quarter as a public company, GoDaddy stock is only down slightly in early trading.

Yet the numbers were  solid. GDDY revenues increased by 17.5% to $376.3, million, which beat the Street estimate of $374.5 million. However, GoDaddy posted a loss of 34 cents a share, although it was 1 cent better than the consensus.

As for the guidance, it is encouraging. For the second quarter, GDDY expects revenues to range from $390 million to $395 million, which compares to the analysts’ estimate of $391 million. Read 

8 New Stocks On Deck, But Biotechs Still Lag

May 11, 2015, 5:09 pm EDT
8 New Stocks On Deck, But Biotechs Still Lag

Last week the market for new stocks hit a wall. While 13 were on the calendar, only eight were able to get done. Source: Flickr

For the most part, the problems were with biotech offerings. In fact, some were downright awful — CoLucid Pharmaceuticals Inc (NASDAQ:CLCD) dropped by 20% and OpGen Inc (NASDAQ:OPGN) fell by 27%.

Although, as for this week, get ready for more biotechs again! Interestingly enough, three of them are holdovers from last week, which include Gelesis Inc (NASDAQ:GLSS), MultiVir Inc (NASDAQ:MVIR) and Anterios Inc (NASDAQ:ANTE) (here is my coverage of them). Read 

Can’t Wait For the Uber IPO? Be Careful.

May 11, 2015, 2:51 pm EDT
Can’t Wait For the Uber IPO? Be Careful.

Uber, which operates a mobile app that allows users to hail rides, is preparing for another mega round of financing. The buzz is that the range could be between $1.5 billion to $2 billion, with a valuation of $50 billion or more.

At such levels, Uber really has no choice but to go public as many companies would not have the firepower for a buyout.

Yet if there is an IPO, investors should really be cautious. Read 

Fitbit IPO: Everything Investors Are Looking For

May 8, 2015, 2:40 pm EDT
Fitbit IPO: Everything Investors Are Looking For

Fitbit, which develops fitness wearables, has filed its S-1. The company plans to issue its shares on the NYSE under the ticker of FIT and the lead underwriters include Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS), Deutsche Bank AG (NYSE:DB) and Bank of America Corp (NYSE:BAC). While the exact terms of the Fitbit IPO weren’t disclosed, the buzz is that the issue will likely be red-hot.

But first, let’s take a look at some background: Founded in 2007, Fitbit is a pioneer of the wearables market. Since then, it’s developed a wide assortment of products that range in price from $60 to $250.

A Fitbit is either worn on your wrist or as a clippable device. And there are a myriad of features available: you can track your daily steps, see how many floors you’ve climbed, the number of calories you’ve burned, your heart rate, and even sleep duration. With all this, you can get analytics from a sophisticated, web-based dashboard. Read 

7 of the Best IPOs to Buy

May 7, 2015, 12:50 pm EDT
7 of the Best IPOs to Buy

The IPO market can be an ample source of big-gain potential for investment portfolios. After all, many of these companies are in their early stages, and focused on cutting-edge technologies. Source: ©iStock.com/Photo-Dave

Just imagine if you bought some of the best IPOs in tech history, such as Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT), Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX) or Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) when they came public. Those companies have netted investors percentage returns in the thousands, even tens of thousands.

And investors have access to the same kind of big-return opportunity all the time. Read 

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