Is Walmart Winning the Online Retail Wars?

If Holley is correct, Walmart.com’s revenues could exceed those of Alibaba. Walmart could be making more money from its online operations than Alibaba is. It is hard to tell because Walmart does not release detailed information about its online sales.

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Beijing’s New Open Door Bodes Well for Alibaba and Other Online Retailers

Other organizations that could benefit could be Netflix, Etsy (NASDAQ: ETSY), Sears (NYSE: SHLD), Staples (NASDAQ: SPLS), Best Buy (NYSE: BB) and Walmart (NYSE: WMT). All of these retailers could get access to the $404 billion Chinese market through alliances with Alibaba and stores on Tmall. Walmart, which already has a presence in China and a working relationship with Alibaba, could be in a great position here.

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eBay Proves It Has Value

My take on the situation is this. Both eBay and PayPal are value investments; they’re great brands and well-run companies that generate a lot of cash. Both companies also operate in a sector that has a lot of room for growth. Yet they are also undervalued by the market, probably because they operate in an unsexy sector, namely, basic e-commerce.

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PayPal and Prosper Changing Banking Beyond Recognition

This could indicate that traditional banking might no longer be a viable business because of the alternatives available. Things could soon get worse because PayPal is about to get spun off from eBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) and transformed into an independent financial services company that will compete directly with banks.

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Why Alibaba May Not Become a Big Name in the US Online Retail Market

The major reason Jack Ma will stay away from mass retail in the U.S. is that the cost of entering in the market could simply be too high. The revenue from a large-scale U.S. retail operation might not justify the cost of setting up such a venture.

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eBay Is Now an Acquisition Target

A very dark horse contender for an eBay acquisition would be Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BERK.B). Uncle Warren is famously technology adverse, but eBay does meet some of his criteria: it’s a good company with a strong brand that’s well respected on Main Street but undervalued by the market. It also has a business model that generates a lot of float and cash—two of Buffett’s favorite things.

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Questionable Chinese App Files for $300 Million IPO

Momo is free to use, but it also sells digital content, such as apps and advertising. It also offers users a premium subscription service and accounts for business customers. Momo claims to have 180.3 million users, 25.5 million of whom supposedly use it every day. Momo also claims it made $13.9 million in revenue in the first half of 2013, most of which came from 2.3 million membership subscriptions.

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