John Ransom

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Stock number one: eBay Inc.

5 Big Takeaways From eBay's Earnings—The

EBay (EBAY_), on Tuesday evening, posted a mixed first quarter earnings report. While revenue growth at the e-commerce giant's payments, marketplace and enterprise divisions is generally in the high teens, the company gave second-quarter guidance that was a bit weak.

Symbol: EBAY

Trailing PE: 24; Forward PE: 15

PEG: 1.34

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Hold Ebay

EBAY Chart

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Stock number two: Twitter, Inc.

Twitter falls to lowest point since going public—Associated Press

Shares of Twitter dropped in morning trading Wednesday to their lowest point since the company went public in November. Investor concern remains over the short messaging service's ability to keep adding users and keep existing users engaged…. Twitter had 255 million monthly users at March's end, up 25 percent from a year ago. Late Tuesday the company reported first-quarter adjusted earnings and revenue that topped Wall Street expectations.

Symbol: TWTR

Trailing PE: NA; Forward PE:173

PEG: -383

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Up

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Twitter

TWTR Chart

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Stock number three: Vistaprint N.V.

Vistaprint Q3 Earnings Miss Miserably--Zacks

Business services provider Vistaprint N.V. (VPRT) reported unimpressive third quarter fiscal 2014 results with revenues and earnings declining year over year due to headwinds in core markets. Net income for the reported quarter dropped sharply to $1.4 million from $5.9 million in the year-earlier quarter. On a per share basis, earnings for third quarter fiscal 2014 plummeted to 4 cents from 17 cents in the year-ago quarter.

Symbol: VPRT

Trailing PE: 29; Forward PE: 12

PEG: 0.83

Dividend: NA

Estimate Trend: Flat

Ransom Note Trendline: Avoid Vista Print

VPRT Chart

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John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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