Traditionally, the lack of responsible economic leadership has been good for SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD), the exchange traded fund for gold, and iShares Silver Trust (NYSE: SLV), the exchange traded fund for silver (NYSE: SLV). After the first two rounds of quantitative easing, the buying of bonds to keep interest rates low by central banks, iShares Silver Trust and SPDR Gold Shares soared. But after Quantitative Easing III was announced by Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke in September 2012, the GLD and SLV fell after an initially rally. But there is a more bullish outlook for gold and silver securities such as Wishbone Gold PLC (WISHY), Barrick Gold (NYSE: ABX), SPDR Gold Shares, and iShares Silver Trust due to the Federal Government shutdown.
With the mid-term election more than a year away, the gridlock in Congress can endure much longer this year. The debt ceiling matter must be dealt with in October. Many in the Republican Party want to use that and the Federal Government shutdown as means to further erode the support of The Obama Administration.
Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Yappn Corp (YPPN)
Yappn Corp., formerly Plesk Corp., incorporated on November 3, 2010, is focusing on social media Website that will host multi-language conversations based on different topics, such as interests, brands and activities. Its platform will enable users to meet people from all over the world without any language barriers and to interact with them through online chatting and forums by providing access to topical discussion boards in almost 70 languages. This will permit real-time multiple language conversations to co-exist without the fracturing that comes as a result of many people posting in multiple languages to a single chat area or splintering the audience by segregating posts by language. Yappn is a topic or interest focused site bringing people together to discuss current events, celebrities, technology, sports, entertainment and other popular areas of conversation. On March 28, 2013, it purchased social media platform and related group of assets known as Yappn.
The Company will have gamification system that will reward users for their engagement through virtual trophies, badges, and medals for participation in selected events. The Company, with the power of Ortsbo offers a set of communication tools where users can create opportunities to meet, chat, engage and consume in their own virtual location creating global social engagement for private events and closed networks. Users can also connect to social networks and engage friends and followers on Facebook, Yahoo, Twitter and more. It will be available on all devices through mobile, portable and desktop online access. With Yappn, user generated content be closed captioned in multiple languages in minutes, using Ortsbo’s pending business processes and tools for a translation experience. Commercial enterprises can use its Website to communicate their content, their e-commerce offerings and other messaging on a global scale.
The Company competes with Facebook, Linke dIn, Craigslist, Google and Apple.
- [By Peter Graham]
Small cap stocks Digital Caddies Inc (OTCMKTS: CADY), MEDL Mobile Holdings Inc (OTCMKTS: MEDL) and Yappn Corp (OTCMKTS: YPPN) offer different ways to potentially profit from Internet or mobile technology. However, all three small cap stocks have also been the subject of paid promotions or investor relations types of activities. So will investors actually profit from the efforts of these small caps to profit from the Internet or mobile technology? Here is a quick reality check:
Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Canadian Solar Inc.(CSIQ)
Canadian Solar Inc. engages in the design, development, manufacture, and sale of solar power products in Canada and internationally. The company offers solar cell and solar module products that convert sunlight into electricity for various uses. Its products include a range of standard solar modules for use in a range of residential, commercial, and industrial solar power generation systems. The company also designs and produces specialty solar modules and products consisting of customized modules that its customers incorporate into their products, such as solar-powered bus stop lighting; and specialty products, such as portable solar home systems and solar-powered car battery chargers. In addition, it sells solar system kits, a package consisting of solar modules produced by it and third party supplied components, such as inverters, racking system, and other accessories, as well as implements solar power development projects. The company sells its products under the Canad ian Solar brand name. Canadian Solar Inc. offers its standard solar modules through a direct sales force and sales agents primarily to distributors, system integrators, and original equipment manufacturer customers, as well as to solar projects; and specialty solar modules and products to the automotive, telecommunications, and light-emitting diode lighting sectors. The company was founded in 2001 and is based in Kitchener, Canada.
- [By James Brumley]
Relative to its size, Canadian Solar (CSIQ) is the most overlooked of these solar stocks.
Depending on the year in question, the company ranks anywhere from being in the top five to the top three suppliers in the world. And it supplies the whole world, with big, equitable demand from the United States, China, and Japan … three nations with lots of their own solar panel manufacturers, and a bent for protectionism. Canadian Solar simply muscles its way into key markets, generating sales growth of 27% in 2013.
- [By Paul Ausick]
But what does this resurrection mean for investors? With a couple of exceptions, solar stocks hit a peak in 2008. First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR) topped $300 a share briefly, SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) topped $125 a share, JA Solar hit $120, Canadian Solar Inc. (NASDAQ: CSIQ) topped $40 and Trina Solar Ltd. (NYSE: TSL) reached its peak of more than $35 in mid-2007. At today’s prices one almost has to wonder if we are talking about the same companies. The only stock trading anywhere near its peak price of six years ago is Canadian Solar. JinkoSolar is near its all-time high again, but it was not publicly traded until mid-2010.
Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Gilead Sciences Inc.(GILD)
Gilead Sciences, Inc., a biopharmaceutical company, engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of therapeutics for the treatment of life threatening diseases worldwide. Its products include Atripla, Truvada, Viread, Emtriva for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus infection in adults; Hepsera, an oral formulation for the treatment of chronic hepatitis B; AmBisome, a amphotericin B liposome injection to treat invasive fungal infections; Letairis, an endothelin receptor antagonist for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension; Ranexa for the treatment of chronic angina; Vistide, an antiviral medication for the treatment of cytomegalovirus retinitis in patients with AIDS; and Cayston, an inhaled antibiotic used as a treatment to enhance respiratory systems. The company?s products also comprise Tamiflu, an oral antiviral for the treatment and prevention of influenza A and B; Macugen, an intravitreal injection for the treatment of neovascular a ge-related macular degeneration; and Lexiscan/Rapiscan, an injection used as a pharmacologic stress agent in radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging. Its products under the Phase III clinical trials consist of Cobicistat, a pharmacoenhancer that is under evaluation as a boosting agent for HIV medicines; Elvitegravir, an oral integrase inhibitor being evaluated as part of combination therapy for HIV; Integrase Single-Tablet, a ?Quad? regimen of elvitegravir, cobicistat, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate, and emtricitabine for the treatment of HIV/AIDS in treatment-naive patients; and Aztreonam for inhalation solution for the treatment of cystic fibrosis patients with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. The company?s Phase II clinical trials products comprise Cicletanine, Ranolazine, and Aztreonam, as well as GS 9190, GS 9256, and GS 9451. Its Phase I clinical trial products include GS 7340, GS 5885, GS 6620, GS 9620, and GS 6624. The company was founded in 1987 and is headquartered in Fos t er City, California.
- [By Susan J. Aluise]
The Takeaway: NVAX shares have gained 150% in the past year and the company is well positioned with a promising proprietary technology — demand for these vaccines will be global. As a small-cap biotech stock with a fairly focused pipeline, risk and volatility are part of the equation — and profits will not come quickly. This stock is best suited for investors who are looking for aggressive growth, have a longer investment horizon and have a higher-than-average tolerance for risk.
Biotech Stocks: Gilead Sciences (GILD)
Type: Large-cap stock
Market Cap: $113 billion
- [By Ben Levisohn]
The Nasdaq Composite, however, rose just 0.7% to $4,276.79 this week, as the once surging index was hit hard when biotech stocks tumbled. The reason: Three Democrats sent a letter to Gilead Sciencs (GILD) expressing their bewilderment that the company could charge so much for its hepatitis C drug Sovaldi. Gilead fell 4% to $72.07 this week, while Biogen Idec (BIIB), which was added to the S&P 100, dropped 4.2% to $318.53 and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals (REGN) declined 5.5% to $310.79.
- [By Ben Levisohn]
Today’s selloff started when three Democratic Party congressmen challenged Gilead Sciences (GILD) pricing of its hepatitis C-drug Sovaldi. The indiscriminate selling of biotech stocks–Biogen Idec (BIIB), Celgene (CELG) and Regeneron (REGN) all dropped at least 3.7%–suggests that investors have itchy trigger fingers, says Bernstein’s Geoffrey Porges and team:
- [By John Udovich]
At the end of this week, congressional scrutiny was weighting down large cap biotech Gilead Sciences, Inc (NASDAQ: GILD) and dragging down much of the biotech sector, but there was still good news surrounding small cap biotech stocks like Endocyte, Inc (NASDAQ: ECYT), Aastrom Biosciences Inc (NASDAQ: ASTM) and TNI BioTech (OTCMKTS: TNIB) plus there were more biotech IPOs which debuted:
Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: KongZhong Corporation(KONG)
KongZhong Corporation, together with its subsidiaries, provides wireless interactive entertainment, media, and community services to mobile phone users in the People’s Republic of China. It also involves in the development, distribution, and marketing of consumer wireless value-added services, including wireless application protocol, multimedia messaging services, short messaging services, interactive voice response services, and color ring back tones. In addition, it offers interactive entertainment services, such as mobile games, pictures, karaoke, electronic books, mobile phone personalization features, entertainment news, chat, and message boards; and through Kong.net offer news, community services, games, and other interactive media and entertainment services; and sells advertising space in the form of text-link, banner, and button advertisements. Further, the company develops and publishes mobile games, including downloadable mobile games and online mobile games cons isting of action, role-playing, and leisure games. As of December 31, 2009, it had a library of approximately 300 internally developed mobile games. Additionally, it develops online games; and provides consulting and technology services, as well as media and net book services. The company was formerly known as Communication Over The Air Inc. and changed its name to KongZhong Corporation in March 2004. KongZhong Corporation was founded in 2002 and is headquartered in Beijing, the People?s Republic of China
- [By Roberto Pedone]
One under-$10 wireless services player that looks poised for a big spike higher is KongZhong (KONG), which is a provider of WVAS and mobile games to mobile phone users and a wireless media company providing news, content, community and mobile advertising services through its wireless Internet sites in the PRC. This stock is off to a hot start in 2013, with shares up sharply by 53%.
If you take a look at the chart for KongZhong, you’ll notice that this stock has been downtrending badly for the last two months, with shares plunging lower from its high of $14.92 to its recent low of $7.78 a share. During that downtrend, shares of KONG have been consistently making lower highs and lower lows, which is bearish technical price action. That move has now pushed shares of KONG into oversold territory, since its current relative strength index reading is 30.21. Shares of KONG are now starting to spike higher off its recent low of $7.78 a share and off its 200-day moving average of $7.95 a share. This spike could be signaling that the downside volatility for KONG is over in the short-term and the stock is ready to trend higher.
Traders should now look for long-biased trades in KONG if it manages to break out above some near-term overhead resistance at $8.50 a share with high volume. Look for a sustained move or close above that level with volume that hits near or above its three-month average action of 519,857 shares. If that breakout triggers soon, then KONG will set up to re-test or possibly take out its next major overhead resistance levels at $10 to its 50-day moving average at $11.33 a share.
Traders can look to buy KONG off any weakness to anticipate that breakout and simply use a stop that sits right below some key near-term support at $7.78 a share. One can also buy KONG off strength once it takes out $8.50 a share with volume and then simply use a stop that sits a comfortable percentage from your entry point.
- [By Seth Jayson]
Calling all cash flows
When you are trying to buy the market’s best stocks, it’s worth checking up on your companies’ free cash flow once a quarter or so, to see whether it bears any relationship to the net income in the headlines. That’s what we do with this series. Today, we’re checking in on Kongzhong (Nasdaq: KONG ) , whose recent revenue and earnings are plotted below.
Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: TIBCO Software Inc.(TIBX)
TIBCO Software Inc. provides middleware and infrastructure software worldwide. It offers products in the areas of service-oriented architecture (SOA) and core infrastructure; business optimization; and process automation and collaboration. Its SOA and core infrastructure product line helps organizations integrate their disparate systems and move towards flexible infrastructure comprised of services or discrete data components that can be assembled, orchestrated, and reused; and enables the creation, management, and virtualization of heterogeneous services. The company?s business optimization product portfolio assists organizations analyze data to create information and deliver it to employees, customers, and partners; and employees perform their jobs, and customers get information, as well as helps managers identify and analyze problems and opportunities. Its process automation and collaboration software helps organizations coordinate manual and automated process flows th at span their business and enables employees to collaborate in real-time using social media; and coordinate the human and electronic resources inside a business and its network of customers and partners. The company also provides professional services, which include consulting services that comprise systems planning and design, installation, and systems integration; maintenance and support; training; and hosted services. It serves various industries, such as financial services, telecommunications, government, energy, life sciences, insurance, logistics, manufacturing, retail, and transportation. The company sells its products through direct sales force, as well as through software vendors, resellers, and systems integrators. TIBCO Software Inc. was founded in 1985 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
- [By Wallace Witkowski]
Tibco Software Inc. (TIBX) shares rose 1.6% to $22 on moderate volume after fiscal first-quarter results topped Wall Street estimates.
- [By Lauren Pollock]
Tibco Software Inc.’s(TIBX) fiscal fourth-quarter profit slipped 8.7% as the cloud computing platform provider’s rise in expenses masked a jump in revenue. However, shares slumped 12% to $21.60 premarket as the company provided current-quarter guidance that missed Wall Street estimates.
Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Dialog Semiconductor PLC (DLG)
Dialog Semiconductor Plc creates integrated, mixed signal integrated circuits (ICs), optimized for personal portable, short-range wireless, lighting, display and automotive applications. The Company operates in three business segments: Mobile Systems, Automotive and Industrial, and Connectivity. The Mobile Systems segment includes its power management and audio chips especially designed to meet the needs of the wireless systems markets and a range of advanced driver technologies for low power display applications – from Passive Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diodes (PMOLEDs), to electronic paper and Micro Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) displays. The Automotive and Industrial segment consists of products, which address the safety, management and control of electronic systems in cars and for industrial applications. The Connectivity segment includes activities, such as short-range wireless, digital cordless and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) technology. Advisors’ Opinion:
- [By Corinne Gretler]
Colruyt SA jumped the most in almost a year after reporting earnings that beat estimates. Direct Line Insurance Group Plc (DLG), the U.K.’s biggest home and motor insurer, rallied 3.8 percent after saying it will cut jobs. GSW Immobilien AG, Berlin’s largest residential landlord by market value, advanced 3.8 percent after saying both its chairman and chief executive officer will leave. Mining companies declined as metals fell.
- [By Jonathan Morgan]
Dialog Semiconductor Plc (DLG) surged 6.5 percent to 12.55 euros, its highest price in two months, after Apple Inc. (AAPL), the company’s biggest customer, reported fiscal third-quarter revenue and iPhone sales that beat analysts’ estimates.
Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: WiLan Inc (WILN)
WiLAN Inc. (WiLAN), incorporated on May 14, 1992, is a licensing company. WiLAN develops, acquires, and licenses a range of intellectual property that drives products in communications and consumer electronics markets. Through both internal research and development and acquisitions from third parties, the Company has acquired intellectual property in the form of patents and patent applications in many countries that it has licensed to more than 255 companies in telecommunications markets around the world. As of December 31, 2011, WiLAN had a portfolio of approximately 3,000 patents, including issued and pending patents and foreign equivalents. WiLAN has five directly wholly-owned subsidiaries, Wi-LAN Capital Inc. (WiLAN Capital), Wi-LAN International Inc. (WiLAN International), Wi-LAN International Hong Kong Inc. (WiLAN Hong Kong), Wi-LAN International Japan Inc. (WiLAN Japan) and Wi-LAN International Taiwan Inc. In July 2012, it acquired a global portfolio of more than 40 patents and applications from Siemens AG related to telecommunication network management and mobile multimedia. In October 2012, the Company acquired a global portfolio of more than 150 patents and patent applications from Alvarion Ltd. In June 2013, WiLan Inc acquired a portfolio of patents from Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. In November 2013, the Company acquired a portfolio of semiconductor patents from IXYS CH GmbH related to microcontroller technology.
In the Company’s licensing business, the Company has signed licenses with companies that sell products utilizing technologies, including CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access-a cellular telecommunications specification); Wi-Fi (the underlying technology of wireless local area networks based on various IEEE 802.11 specifications); WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access-a standards-based broadband wireless technology that provides metropolitan area network connectivity based on IEEE 802.16 sp ecifications); LTE (Long Term Evolution-high performance air! interface for cellular mobile communication systems designed to increase the capacity and speed of mobile telephone networks), and ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line-a standards-based access technology that provides broadband Internet access over twisted pair telecommunications wiring). The Company has also signed licenses with companies that sell products utilizing technologies, including DOCSIS (Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications-a standards-based access technology that provides broadband Internet access over cable networks); Bluetooth (a wireless protocol for exchanging data over short distances between fixed and mobile devices), and V-Chip (a technology that permits the blocking of television programs at a receiver (such as a television, multi-media equipped personal computer or set-top box) by viewers based on ratings information carried on the television signal).
- [By Monica Gerson]
Wi-LAN (NASDAQ: WILN) today announced that its Board of Directors has initiated a process to explore and evaluate a broad range of strategic alternatives for the Company to enhance shareholder value. To read the full news, click here. MannKind (NASDAQ: MNKD) today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged the resubmission of a New Drug Application (NDA) for AFREZZA® (insulin human [rDNA origin]) Inhalation Powder. To read the full news, click here. lululemon athletica (NASDAQ: LULU) today announced that Tara Poseley has been appointed to its Senior Leadership Team as Chief Product Officer. To read the full news, click here. Nice Systems (NASDAQ: NICE) reported a drop in its third-quarter profit. To read the full news, click here.
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- [By Rich Duprey]
Often accused of being a patent troll, non-performing entity WiLAN (NASDAQ: WILN ) wrangled a settlement out of Dell (NASDAQ: DELL ) with details of the deal remaining confidential.
Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Mindspeed Technologies Inc.(MSPD)
Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. designs, develops, and sells semiconductor networking solutions for communications applications in enterprise, fixed and mobile broadband access, metropolitan, and wide-area networks (WAN). The company offers communications convergence processing products that serve as bridges for transporting video, voice, fax, and modem transmissions between circuit-switched and packet-based fixed and mobile networks, and across network boundaries; and offer video and voice over Internet protocol, voice-over-asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), and voice-over-digital subscriber line services, as well as wireline-to-wireless connectivity. These products include the eighth-generation Comcerto family for fiber-access service delivery; and Transcede family of 3G/4G base station baseband processors. It also provides analog transmission devices and switching products, which comprise laser drivers, transimpedance amplifiers, post amplifiers, clock and data recovery cir cuits, signal conditioners, serializers/deserializers, video reclockers, cable drivers, and line equalizers that support storage area network, fiber-to-the-premise, optical transport networks, and broadcast video. In addition, the company offers WAN communications products comprising transmission solutions and ATM/multi-protocol label switching network processors that facilitate the aggregation, processing, and transport of voice and data traffic over copper wire or fiber optic cable to access metropolitan and long-haul networks. It sells its products directly to network infrastructure original equipment manufacturers; and indirectly through electronic component distributors and third-party electronic manufacturing service providers in the Americas, the Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The company was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Newport Beach, California.
- [By Lauren Pollock]
M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc.(MTSI) agreed to acquire semiconductor manufacturer Mindspeed Technologies Inc.(MSPD) in a deal valued at $272 million, expanding the company’s markets to include enterprise applications. Mindspeed shares surged 70% to $5.04 premarket.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Mindspeed Technologies (NASDAQ: MSPD) surged 69.02% to $5.02 in the pre-market session after M/A-Com Technology Solutions Holdings (NASDAQ: MTSI) announced its plans to acquire Mindspeed Technologies.
Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: Synergy Pharmaceuticals Inc (SGYP)
Synergy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., incorporated on February 11, 1992, is a biopharmaceutical company focused primarily on the development of drugs to treat gastrointestinal (GI), disorders and diseases. The Company’s lead product candidate is plecanatide, a guanylyl cyclase C (GC-C), receptor agonist, to treat GI disorders, primarily chronic constipation (CC), and constipation-predominant-irritable bowel syndrome (IBS-C). It is also developing SP-333, the second generation GC-C receptor agonist for the treatment of gastrointestinal inflammatory diseases, such as ulcerative colitis (UC). The Company’s active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) and the final formulated drug products are manufactured for it by third party contractors.
As of December 31, 2011, the Company was developing plecanatide, a synthetic hexadecapeptide designed to mimic the actions of the GI hormone uroguanylin, for the treatment of CC and IBS-C. Plecanatide is an agonist of GC-C receptor. A s of December 31, 2011, the Company was dosing patients in an 800-patient Phase II/III clinical trial of plecanatide to treat. It is also developing a second generation GC-C receptor analog, SP-333, which is in pre-clinical development for the treatment of gastrointestinal inflammatory diseases. SP-333 is a synthetic analog of uroguanylin, a natriuretic hormone.
The Company competes with Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Forest Laboratories, Inc., Takeda Pharmaceuticals America, Inc., Sucampo Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Salix Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Shire Plc.
- [By Monica Gerson]
Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) reported a drop in its third-quarter profit. Time Warner Cable’s quarterly profit fell to $532 million, or $1.84 per share, from $808 million, or $2.60 per share, in the year-ago period. To read the full news, click here. Synergy Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SGYP) today announced the start of a phase 2 clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of SP-333, its second-generation GC-C agonist and once-daily oral treatment, in adult patients with opioid-induced constipation (OIC). To read the full news, click here. Cigna (NYSE: CI) reported a 19% rise in its third-quarter earnings and lifted its full-year earnings outlook. To read the full news, click here. Charm Communications (NASDAQ: CHRM) announced today that the special committee of the Company’s board of directors, consisting of independent directors Mr. Zhan Wang, Mr. Andrew J. Rickards and Mr. Gang Chen, has retained China Renaissance Securities (Hong Kong) Limited as its financial advisor and Gunderson Dettmer Stough Villeneuve Franklin & Hachigian, LLP as its legal advisor. To read the full news, click here.
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- [By Sean Williams]
Finally, Synergy Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: SGYP ) may have had the wildest week of them all. Synergy’s share price spiked 16% on Tuesday as an analyst at Cantor Fitzgerald raised her peak sales estimate for plecanatide, the company’s midstage drug for chronic idiopathic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome with constipation, to $1.58 billion from $1.05 billion, as clinical data has been stronger than expected. However, the company didn’t return the favor to shareholders by — the very next day, mind you – announcing a secondary offering of 16.375 million shares. The downside of clinical-stage companies is the always apparent risk of dilution. Shares have lost 25% since their Tuesday close.
Top 10 Tech Stocks To Watch Right Now: CafePress Inc (PRSS)
CafePress Inc. (CafePress), incorporated on October 15, 1999, is an e-commerce platform enabling customers globally to create, buy and sell a range of customized and personalized products. It serves its customers, including both consumers and content owners, through its portfolio of e-commerce Websites, including its Website, CafePress.com. Its consumers include individuals, groups, businesses and organizations. These products include clothing and accessories, art and posters, stickers, home accents and stationery. Its content owners include individual designers, as well as artists and branded content licensors. During the year ended December 31, 2011, it shipped over 7.8 million products from a catalog of over 320 million products. It operates a portfolio of branded Websites, including CafePress.com, and enable resellers and co-branded websites to design and customize products, which target specific consumers, products and use cases, or to provide their customers with pro duct customization capabilities. During 2011, it had nearly 130,000 new images uploaded to its retail e-commerce Websites on average per week. In October 2011, the Company acquired L&S Retail Ventures, Inc. In April 2012, it acquired all of the assets of Logo’d Softwear, Inc. On October 25, 2012, the Company acquired EZ Prints, Inc.
The Company generates revenues from sales of customized products through its e-commerce Websites and associated charges. In addition, it generates revenues from fulfillment services, including print and production services provided to third parties. Consumers purchase customized products directly from Website or through storefronts hosted by CafePress. Customized products include user-designed products, as well as products designed by its content owners. The Company’s services evolved into a platform consist of front-end design and sales channels, and back-end services platform. Its e-commerce Websites and sales channels include Ca fePress.com, CanvasOnDemand.com, Imagekind.com, GreatBigCanv! as.com, InvitationBox.com, CafePress content owners, branded product manufacturers, other retailers and distributed sales. CanvasOnDemand.com takes photographs and transforms them into canvas artwork. Imagekind.com is where consumers can find artwork by independent artists that can be produced on posters, canvases and framed wall art. GreatBigCanvas.com is a provider of canvas wall art and panoramic canvas photographs. InvitationBox.com is an online provider of stationery products, including invitations, announcements and other products and gifts.
Content owners, including designers, artists, small businesses, groups, clubs and organizations, use the Company’s e-commerce platform to design their own products and sell them through their own hosted e-commerce shop. In addition to such individual content owners, entertainment and publishing companies also license to its materials related to their products for creation of their own shops, online store experiences appearing embedded in their Websites but hosted by it, or for sale directly by it in its marketplaces. By supplying custom design tools and manufacturing services, it enables product manufacturers, such as Sigg and TomTom to offer customized designs on their products. It supplies distributors and resellers with short-run and quick-turn custom printed products. Its back-end services form a platform consisting of the components, which can be used to create front-end buyer and seller experiences, which include user-generated content, licensed fan content, design tools, shops, print/production and fulfillment. Content owners sell their own custom merchandise using its turn-key shops platform, which includes hosting, payment processing, marketing services, fulfillment and customer service. The Company offers users printing on over 600 product stock keeping units (SKUs). It processes and ship orders within three business days after a customer places an order and in many instances can ship orders within 24 hours after an order is placed.! >
Users visiting one of the Company e-commerce Websites can select from over 600 SKUs of merchandise to customize. Its merchandise catalog includes clothing and accessories, which include t-shirts, sweatshirts, baby products, bags and hats; arts, posters and signs, which include posters, framed art, canvas art, wall decals and signs; stickers and flair, which include stickers, buttons and device cases; home ascents, which include mugs, water bottles and clocks, and stationery, such as business cards, invitations, calendars and journals.
The Company’s portfolio of e-commerce Websites are designed to make product customization simple and easy. Once a product has been selected, users can perform a range of design and editing functions, including uploading their own designs and photos; adding text; adding stock art; scaling and rotating images to fit products; repositioning product elements using conventional and intuitive drag-and-drop functionality; changing fonts or font characteristics, and changing color schemes.
The Company’s shops platform allows users to sell and market their designed merchandise to their own communities. In addition to customizing the products that they sell, content owners may also customize the look and feel of shops, through which they sell their products. It provides a range of tools to help users market and manage their stores, including basic search engine optimization, e-mail list management and real-time sales reports.
Design, sales and customer service support
The Company is providing customer service, including phone, e-mail and chat support. Its support centers also offer design support to members customizing their own items receive finished products.
The Company competes with Amazon.com, eBay, Etsy, CustomInk, Spreadshirt, Threadless, Zazzle, VistaPrint and Shutterfly.
- [By CRWE]
CafePress Inc. (Nasdaq:PRSS), The World’s Customization EngineTM, reported an expansion of its longstanding partnership with National Geographic, one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations, with the launch of a new art shop, bringing its legendary photography collection to life on canvas and framed art pieces.