I have heard a lot of negatives on groupon from the merchant side. I think they've been summed up here pretty well. Basically bargain hunters that swarm your business, figure out how to maximize the groupon deal beyond what's been offered and then never return.
Someone mentioned shorting it today, and I had the same thought when I saw it hit $30. 18B for a coupon site? No way.
But you're right it's a stock that many are familiar with, only a few shares out there. Momentum might make it shoot way up from here. It will fall, it's just a matter of when, and how much pain can you take waiting for it to fall in the event it takes off.
Technically how is it simply more than just a email list? Don't get me wrong I've used it...but there's also a few other copy cats out there. I don't buy everything, in fact it is actually pretty rare since it isn't really a specific group each and every time.
IPO's this year have been not just bad but really bad.
Renren is down from 18 to under 6!
Linkedin is down about 10%
zipcar down maybe 40%
friendfinder down 66%
homeaway down 10%
Yeah spirit airlines has done well..pandora is ok (sirius xm is coming out with the lynx product that might create significant competition)
IPO's just seem so choppy with zig zags all over the place. They do well initially but then gradually go down for the most part. Too dangerous to short if you ask me.
Funny you say that you entered a small short position. Your full of fucking shit and should be banned from this site permanently. No one is short groupon yet because the shares have not settled, therefore there are no shares TO short. Regardless of whether it is a good short op or not. AND ITS NOT, as only idiots short $2X.00 stocks with little float when there are much better short ops available. Stop lying and promoting stupidity would ya? Oh, and go fuck yourself you lying piece of shit.
The difference between day traders and investors is that investors will put a short position probably 3 to 4 % of their portfolio with a thesis that the company is either a fraud or has outdated technology or bad management. A day trader will bet on the stock for superficial reasons trying to time the market without understanding the long term prospectus. Shorting stock on a whim is a gambling. Pay for detailed information about the companies valuation and speak to people in the industry, don't rely on some message board where people are speculating about the companies, unless you have a lot of money and you are willing to loose it all... You have to have deep pockets and patience to short, unless you just want to gamble.
Groupon issued 30M shares at $20 for the purpose of the IPO. 30M shares of float is about 5% of all shares outstanding. Also the market cap of the currently tradable shares is about 30M*$27 or $910M. This is so low that the stock can easily be manipulated to a higher price.
Anyone who thinks about shorting this POS should consider that an entire Wall St machine will be trying to screw you if you do so. I'm not saying shorting GRPN cannot be successful, just saying that it is very risky at the current time. The market for GRPN can stay manipulated longer than a shorter can stay solvent.
Actually, the biggest difference is that you fail in life.
The reason you failed to achieve success is that you have an extremely negative attitude coupled with a victim mentality. This is why you spend so much time trying to convince complete strangers that they are going to lose their jobs and their careers. This is also why you blame the government, unions, corporations, CEOs, liberals, and pretty much everyone else for your problems.
Some advice from Uncle Nomo: Try taking some personal responsibility in life; accept that your problems are completely of your own making and quit blaming others for everything.
This stock is on the way to the Pinks. A $15M profit now is a 15M loss.
There is no end to their accounting gimmicks, even after promising to strengthen this "material weakness", and it no longer looks "Wildly Profitable". And stand by for yet more lawsuits. GRPN can't go to court, it would reveal too much about the company's "operations", so it'll be settlement after settlement.
I actually was short GRPN (long puts) before this was announced. Basically my thesis is that growth looks hugely impressive year on year, but if you look quarter on quarter it is stagnating, some increase in subscribers but falling spend per subscriber. Then there is no profitability yet, and even if they go plus (they might for Q1), there is no way they can justify an evaluation greater than $10B. This was one of those rare cases where I felt a stock was more than 100% overvalued and shorted it.
Of course I was lucky that these accounting shenanigans came to light. I guess when you are more than 100% overvalued there are a lot of things that can go wrong and start pushing your stock towards fair value...
i'm going to short it. I usually don't gamble, but this is a rare moment.
I was going to short as well, but after reading your post I've changed my mind.
A person could do very well in life doing the exact opposite of what you do.
The book "ONE" prescribes that Love & Hate is the same. FortWayne, Just be thankful that we are NOT insignificant.
Ever been in a room full of adolescents, the conversation revolving around who has the bigger ones and that bitch has one big un and one little one. It is all to make themselves feel better about their own insecure ego. So be understanding with this guy.
The market for GRPN can stay manipulated longer than a shorter can stay solvent.
This is always a key concern for short selling. To be sure the stock will probably flucutate a great deal in the coming weeks and months. However, if my fundamentals analysis is correct in that their growth is really slowing down, then the truth will be plain for everyone to see within one or two earnings calls. And between those earning calls the insider trading blackout window will expire.The insiders and banksters will have to run for the exits.
I have been wrong before in my analyses, but you know what is really curious? Mgmt has given no guidance for 2012 . Zip. Nada. If their internal projections showed strong continued growth do you think they would have been shy about sharing them...? Or could there be some other reason why they don't want to give any guidance before the are allowed to sell out?
I haven't met a business owner that was ever happy with their groupon deal after the fact. I think the company is poorly run and even if their business model is viable, some other company will come in and make them worthless in the same fashion that facebook did to myspace.