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Citigroup’s Itay Michaeli and Justin Barell see the announcement that Volkswagen is investing in Uber-competitor Gett as one more sign that there’s a lot more going on in autos than just selling cars. They explain why that’s good news for General Motors (GM) and Ford Motor (F):

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We wanted to highlight a notable quote from the VW press release that we believe strongly supports our Theyre Not Car Stocks thesis:

Innovative, digitally integrated services covering all aspects of mobility promise very strong growth momentum and huge earnings opportunities in the coming years. The ride-hailing market represents the greatest market potential in on-demand mobility, while creating the technological platform for developing tomorrows mobility business models. The Volkswagen Groups expressed goal is to generate a substantial share of sales revenue from such new business models by 2025. To this end, the Group is opening for new partnerships and strategic investments.

topstockpicks: Zillow Group, Inc.(Z)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Steve Symington]

    The stock market was mostly flat today ahead of a key House vote on the passage of the Republicans’ healthcare bill, which was delayed until Friday after GOP lawmakers failed to gather the necessary support. TheDow Jones Industrial Averagelost just 5 points, or 0.02%, while other broader market indexes saw similar small declines. But several individual stocks saw much more severe drops, including Zillow Group (NASDAQ:Z) (NASDAQ:ZG), Proofpoint (NASDAQ:PFPT), and Accenture (NYSE:ACN). Read on to see what drove these unusual moves.

  • [By Nelson Hem]

    Also in this week’s Barron’s:

    A special report on strategic beta ETFs How to take advantage of underpriced stocks Who is in denial about the death of the personal computer market Finding the best value mutual funds Finding value in big stocks and emerging markets How mining companies are striving for sustainability Why Zillow Group, Inc.-Class C (NASDAQ: Z) could fall 25 percent Six unconventional yield plays for an uncertain market Why Alibaba Group Holding Ltd (NYSE: BABA) investors may lose in hot IPO

    Disclosure: At the time of this writing, the author had no position in the mentioned equities.

  • [By Steve Symington]

    Shares of Zillow Group Inc. (NASDAQ:Z)(NASDAQ:ZG)climbed 13.8% in the month of April,according to data provided byS&P Global Market Intelligence, ahead of the online real estate specialist’s impending first-quarter 2017 report.

topstockpicks: eBay Inc.(EBAY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Stark Merrifield]

    That includes Yahoo! Inc. (Nasdaq: YHOO), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), eBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY), Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL), and Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) – their combined market caps are worth $1.5 trillion.

  • [By WWW.THESTREET.COM]

    Alphabet’s (GOOGL)  Waymo has hired Tekedra Mawakana as its new VP of public policy and government affairs, according to Recode.

    The hire illustrates the company preparing for a legal war against Uber regarding autonomous vehicles, and for policy battles regarding government affairs with Washington and around the country.

    “As we take fully self-driving cars to the roads, Tekedra will work with policymakers at all levels to realize the enormous safety, mobility and economic benefits of this technology,” CEO of Waymo John Krafcik said in a statement to Recode on Monday.

    Mawakana has previously served as VP of global government relations at eBay (EBAY) ,  Yahoo’s! (YHOO) deputy general counsel and has held policy positions over the course of about a dozen years at AOL. 

    (Alphabet is a core holding in Jim Cramer’s charitable trust Action Alerts PLUS. See all of his holding with a free trial here. )

  • [By Douglas A. McIntyre]

    When Skype was launched in 2003, the notion that people could connect via video call was something new, particularly because the service was free. It was a time when long distance calls, particularly those made overseas, could still be expensive, and video call technology was not available to most people at all. The innovations of the product were great enough thateBay Inc. (NASDAQ: EBAY) bought the company for over $2.5 billion in 2005. That made it a father of the “unicorn” category. After it passed through other hands, Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) paid $8.5 billion for it in 2011.

  • [By Ashley Moore]

    EBay Inc. (Nasdaq: EBAY) stock was volatile in 2016, but that volatility has ended. EBAY dropped 10% in October after announcing poor fiscal year 2016 earnings. Since then, eBay stock is up 19%, more than recovering from the initial losses.

  • [By John Ballard]

    eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY) is handing over the reins of its India business, ebay.in, along with $500 million in exchange for an equity stake inFlipkart, a leading e-commerce company in India. As part of the deal, Flipkart’s customers will gain access to eBay’s global inventory of items for sale on its marketplace, and eBay’s customers will have access to unique Indian items provided by Flipkart.

topstockpicks: Tile Shop Hldgs, Inc.(TTS)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Lisa Levin]

    Tile Shop Hldgs, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTS) shares dropped 23 percent to $15.68 after the company reported downbeat Q2 results.

    Shares of Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) were down 16 percent to $6.09 after the company posted disappointing quarterly earnings. Ericsson posted Q2 operating loss of 1.2 billion Swedish crowns ($145.3 million), versus a year-ago profit of 2.8 billion Swedish crowns.

topstockpicks: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated(RBA)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Benzinga News Desk]

    Raymond James has downgraded Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Inc (USA) (NYSE: RBA) common stock to Market Perform

    Loop Capital's Betsy Van Hees sees storage, networking, and connectivity as the 3 reasons why Marvell Technology Group Ltd. (NASDAQ: MRVL) will return to top-Line growth. She reiterated her Buy rating and $18 price target. 

topstockpicks: Cresud S.A.C.I.F. y A.(CRESY)

Advisors’ Opinion:

  • [By Cameron Swinehart]

    Cresud (CRESY) –

    An Argentinean based agriculture company that currently owns roughly 2.4 million acres of farmland in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Bolivia. CRESY produces a variety of crops consisting of soybeans, corn, and sugarcane. It also has operations in beef cattle and milk production. In the second quarter, Cresud sold 4 of its farms for roughly $60.5 million and saw large gains in its farmland development business. CRESY is currently trading down roughly 60% from its highs back in late 2010. Many farming companies have struggled to release value for shareholders with the drop in crop prices but now many are beginning to see value with the sale of farmland.

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