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On Wednesday, Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP), the “online urban guide” and business review site, blew analyst estimates out of the water with its first-quarter report. The company reported revenue of $76.4 million while the Street was only expecting revenue of $75.06 million. These numbers show a 66% year-over-year increase in revenue. Yelp CEO, Jeremy Stoppelman, called the first quarter “a great start to the year”. However, Yelp shares fell inexplicably 6% in after-hours trading that same day.
After the results, analysts were blown away by the numbers and were recommending BUY Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) right and left. Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju reiterated his BUY rating and raised his price target from $87.00 to $90.00. Stephen let the numbers speak for themselves, noting, “YELP reported 1Q14 results with revenue growing 65.6% YOU to $76.4m.” And he made sure to point out that, “active local business accounts grew to 74k vs. our 73k estimate.” Stephen has a +9.0% average return over S&P-500 on the stock, adding to his overall +10.3% average return over S&P-500.
Stephen also recommended BUY Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) in October of last year when the company beat his estimates third-quarter estimates. Stephen noted, “Yelp once again beat out estimates on both ARPU and active local business accounts, which translated into upside in Local Advertising Revenue.” This recommendation earned Stephen +10.3% over S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX).
Deutsche Bank analyst Lloyd Walmsley also maintained his BUY rating, with a price target of $74.00. Even though internet stocks are having a rough time at the moment, Lloyd argued, “Yelp’s 1Q earnings report confirms our fundamental thesis that improving attribution (closing the loop) and mobile can drive better customer acquisition/retention and user engagement.” Lloyd added, “Traffic growth remains on a tear, mobile usage continues to charge ahead, cohort data remains strong, and call-to-action / Yelp Platform products continue to gain traction.” Lloyd has a +0.7% average return over S&P-500.
Even in this uncertain time for internet stocks, Yelp Inc (NYSE:YELP) is clearly doing something right. These analysts will have to wait and see if Yelp’s numbers continue to grow.
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