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Yahoo Q3 Profit Falls, Revenue Rises

 10:39 pm on Oct 16, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yahoo Inc. said Tuesday its fiscal third-quarter profit fell 5% from the year-earlier period, as the flagging Internet company undertook a broad reorganization under a new chief executive.
But the profit and sales numbers posted by Yahoo after the market's close still managed to beat Wall Street analysts' expectations, sending shares higher in after-hours trading.
Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo said net income for the period ended in September fell to $151.3 million, or 11 cents a share, from $158.5 million, or 11 cents a share, in the same period a year earlier. Meanwhile, total revenue rose to $1.77 billion from $1.58 billion.

Yahoo Q3 Profit Falls, Revenue Rises [marketwatch.com]



 4:10 am on Oct 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Yahoo made a number of deals to expand their advertising reach, notably with WebMD and Ziff Davis. Their core strength appears to be in display advertising, which happens to be Google's core weakness.

Nobody else has the reach that Yahoo does if you're publicizing a movie, new automobile, or a consumer product. Yahoo is one of the most popular web destinations on the internet and this is why they continue to do so well with selling ads.

It's encouraging, for the sake of competition, to see Yahoo making positive strides. Good job Yahoo. ;)


 12:57 pm on Oct 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

...the flagging Internet company...

You have to wonder how much people really know about the industry of the internet when a company like Yahoo is perennially referred to as "flagging" or "underperforming."

Yahoo has been around from the begining, and has had pretty solid, steady growth, almost uninterupted. They survived the dot-bust, re-orgnaised, and kept making money.

They have a large stable of web properties that tick away without having to be overly managed. Yahoo Groups, along with Yahoo Instant Messenger, their web based chat rooms have meshed seemelessly with the YIM client chat for a decade, along with Geocities and a raft of other features, make them arguably the first, and possibly largest social network around.

Their newsgroups work like a charm, and they've had customizable personal homepages for longer than just about anyone. Their webmail is a bit clunky, but is still well within the top 10, if not top 5 for usability and features, not to mention the massive "installed user base" (ok, "installed" isn't the right word for web based email, but you know what I mean).

They get huge page views, and their content is sticky. The last stats I read indicate that they have a higher page view/month than google, and the time on page per view is much higher than google.

Why do analysts keep whupping on Yahoo with snide remarks like "flagging" and "underperforming" etc. etc.?

Yahoo is a solid, profitable, growing outfit. In any other industry, they would be a darling of the analysts.


 2:28 pm on Oct 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

Why do analysts keep whupping on Yahoo with snide remarks like "flagging" and "underperforming" etc. etc.?

Its just typical media punditry. When you're on their s-list for whatever reason they pepper their reports with:

"What most experts believe" - When news is negative and inline with their view.

"A surprise profit" or "experts were surprised with the results" - When the news is positive and not inline with their view. (and they were caught off guard)

The problem is most of these analysts lack the depth of knowledge required to see through normal ups and downs and accurately report the health of a company. (Like they are doing now with a major VOIP provider)

The sad thing is that this poor analysis figures into the price of the stock. Sure Yahoo does not have the market capitalization that Google has, but they are definitely worth more than what their current stock price reflects.


 5:25 pm on Oct 17, 2007 (gmt 0)

>> Why do analysts keep whupping on Yahoo with snide remarks like "flagging" and "underperforming" etc. etc.?

comapred to Goog it certainly is. Plus, Y! has missed quite a few estimates over the last quarters.

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