Archive

Samsung Stock Plummets in Wake of Analyst Report

Samsung stockholders went scurrying for the exit on Friday when a research note from J.P. Morgan predicted that third-quarter shipments of the Galaxy S4 would be disappointing. The company lost about $12 billion in market value that day and edged further down on Monday. J.P. Morgan was not the only ...

Amazon Tops Customer Satisfaction Charts in 2012

Consumers continued to put their trust in e-commerce websites in 2012, according to the latest American Customer Satisfaction Index released Tuesday. The ACSI, produced in partnership with the customer analytics experience firm ForeSee, showed e-commerce sites making incremental gains in customer sa...

EXPERT ADVICE

Is the Internet Falling Apart?

How secure and dependable is the Internet? The Great Twitter Outage of 2009, which shocked the microblogging community and amused many other observers, called into question the reliability of Web-based communications and transaction capabilities that are easy to take for granted. According to Niels...

SEM and the Small Biz: Desperately Seeking Success, Part 1

For a long time, small businesses were reluctant to embrace the latest in search engine marketing and other online advertising tactics. The SEM industry was unable to deliver to this group of typically local-interest, cost-conscious companies what they wanted the most: a means to assess how their in...

EXPERT ADVICE

Going Public Without an IPO: What Can You Afford?

The Investors' and Issuers' Summit on Alternative Capital Raising Strategies Conference recently took place at The Harvard Club in New York. Several companies representing the reverse merger sector attended the Financial Research Associates-sponsored conference, which was geared toward alternative w...

New E*Trade App Lets BlackBerry Users Wheel and Deal

In a move aimed at keeping its customers connected, E*Trade on Thursday launched a mobile service customized for Research in Motion's BlackBerry device. E*Trade Mobile Pro will offer the same user interface, security features and banking and trading services as the E*Trade Web site exclusively on Bl...

E*Trade Taps Chairman for CEO Post

Online brokerage E*Trade has named Donald H. Layton as its new chief executive officer, giving the financial services industry veteran the task of stemming a stock price drop and finding profitable growth opportunities. Layton had served as chairman of E*Trade's board since last November, when he ca...

Lessons From 2007 E-Commerce Debacles

About 50 percent of all new businesses survive for at least five years, according to estimates by the Small Business Administration. On the flip side, that means that half of all new ventures fail in that time frame. While the e-commerce market has been growing at a rapid clip, a number of companies...

Choosing a Linux Distro, Part 2: Favorite Flavors

For a computer addict, choosing a Linux distribution is much like being an unsupervised child in a candy store. So many flavors with so many choices make the task of picking just one type of candy a near-impossible -- but fun-filled -- task. For a consumer or business exec who must pick a Linux dist...

Citadel Tosses E*Trade $2.5B Life Preserver

Looking to boost confidence among both investors and customers, online brokerage E*Trade Financial said Wednesday it had received a $2.55 billion investment from a private equity firm. After disclosing it had seen significant erosion of some assets due to the subprime mortgage meltdown and after an ...

Investors Pummel E*Trade on Lower Profit Warning

Shares of E*Trade plummeted more than 50 percent Monday after the online stock brokerage firm backed down from previously announced profit targets, said it would be forced to take more write-downs due to its exposure to the subprime mortgage industry and disclosed it was being investigated by the Se...

E*Trade, Ameritrade Talking Merger Again

Rumors are flying that E*Trade and TD Ameritrade are again discussing a possible merger, a long-contemplated move that would create an online stock trading powerhouse. The companies reportedly have been in talks for several weeks, but it's not likely that a deal is imminent. Current discussions are ...

Hedge Funds Ratchet Up Ameritrade Merger Pressure

The hedge funds that earlier this week called for online broker TD Ameritrade to find a merger partner renewed their call for the strategic move, saying the company is ignoring a "massive value creation opportunity." TD Ameritrade had responded to an earlier call to seek a merger partner by saying i...

Investors to Ameritrade: Merge, Merge, Merge

Two hedge funds are pushing TD Ameritrade Holding to pursue a merger with a rival firm, the online brokerage announced Tuesday. As an attachment to its regulatory filing, TD Ameritrade included a May 29 letter from hedge funds Jana Partners and S.A.C. Capital Advisors, which own an aggregate of abou...

Report: Online Customers Happy With Service

Online retailers and service providers improved their customer satisfaction ratings during 2005 and Web-based retailers continued to do a better job of making buyers happy than their off-line counterparts, according to a new report. The annual American Customer Satisfaction Index E-Commerce Report c...

LinuxInsider Channels