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Sun May 6 2012 19:34:17

Getting 'Sentimental' with eBay - for the Investor

By: Brian Cohen

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As I approach my 14th anniversary on eBay this May 28th, I can't help but get a little sentimental. It seemed like yesterday, but it was 5 years ago I received a "Happy 9th Anniversary!" card in the mail from eBay.

"It's your eBay anniversary!" it read, further it said "We want to let you know how much we value you as part of the eBay Community, and we wish you the best in the year to come" and was machine signed by the then President and CEO, eBay Inc. Meg Whitman.

Maybe eBay isn't as sentimental as it used to be but that doesn't mean that you don't have to be! Maybe you can be sentimental and become an investment guru in the process. Let me explain:

The eBay community dialog, while tried and true on eBay and EcommerceBytes discussion forums, is also going strong on Twitter and various investment forums. Twitter can also be used as a vehicle to talk investing such as investing in eBay - or any other company for that matter.

When Tweeting (i.e., posting) on Twitter, be sure to use the dollar (a.k.a string) $ prefix before your ticker symbol to have NASDAQ's Streaming Twitter Sentiment "Real-time Reactions" pick up your comments.

It is similar to using a HashTag but the NASDAQ Streaming Twitter Sentiment does not pick up hashtags.

For example, NASDAQ will pick up tweets with $EBAY and post them as a "Real time reaction" (a.k.a Tweet) - see its page for eBay.

Yahoo! Market Pulse is another venue that will syndicate your "$" tags (see its eBay feed).  Yahoo Market Pulse pulls part of its feed from StockTwits, which describes itself as:

"A Communications Platform for the Investing Community. StockTwits(R) is a financial communications platform for the financial and investing community. The company was founded in 2008 by long-time investor Howard Lindzon. StockTwits created the $TICKER tag to enable and organize "streams" of information around stocks and markets across the web and social media. These streams provide new forms of insight, ideas and information that are used by investors, analysts, media and others as they research stocks and manage their investments..."

You can also search by ticker at the StockTwits website.

In addition to Realtime Sentiment, Yahoo hosts investment message boards. eBay's is quite active and can be found on this page. The message boards go way back before the days of Twitter. I sorted the messages by most numerous and found this then lively thread from July 1999

EBAY longs: My sympathy

My favorite meta search engine is OIN or "All In One" Message Search over at which searches Investment Message Boards, Blogs and Realtime Sentiment - see this link for eBay.

Additional Resources:

This Is How a Twitter-Based Hedge Fund Beat the Stock Market

Topsy: Predicting Stock Prices Using Topsy Social Sentiment

Realtime Trading Data In The Collective Tradestream Is HUGE

Could Twitter predict the stock market?

Does StockTwits Predict the Stock Market?

"Social Media Sentiment Trading - Private Managed Accounts from Derwent Capital Markets "... social media sentiment analysis technology to managed trading accounts ..." Total Return for 2012 to date (through March): 7.11% (at last according to Google Cache.

Twitter Sentiment & Investing - modeling stock price movements with twitter sentiment.
Disclaimer: This is not a recommendation to buy or sell a security or currency. Always seek the advice of a Financial Advisor before making any financial decision.

About the Author
Brian Cohen has been an active member of the eBay community since May 1998. He currently trades under the member name His first AuctionBytes article was published in May 2002. Brian can be contacted through his website at where he always has a "little Bid of This and little Bid of That."

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by: pace306 This user has validated their user name.

Sun May 6 19:56:57 2012

LMAO ... there isnt anything to be sentimental about !

Without the LONG list of whats wrong with eBay (there isnt enough room to list it all) ... what is there to invest in?

eBay has no concrete plan for growth. eBay hires and promotes people who A) dont know how ecommerce works B) screwed it up royally at the last job they were at C) uses quasi illegal means to bump up financials ...

eBay is that classic saying .. they never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.

Ive been a seller since 98 and each and every ''improvement'' has always been against sellers unless you are one of the chosen few (or a manufactorer who eBay cut a deal with on the side) or you are a crooked buyer. In some cases, eBay abets the criminals by not working with the very people who pay the bills - the SELLERS.

''Sellers'' (small and mid sized) are the core and the constant engine of eBay. The large manufactorers and large stores will leave soon enough - after they see how things at eBay ''really work''. Just ask Macys!

eBay needs a top to bottom reorganization - shame Yahoo or Google didnt buy them and do it!

So, unless you are a takeover company that wants to buy eBay and jettison the %99 dead wood that runs the place ... its a dog stock and a tired company.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Bill

Mon May 7 01:08:00 2012

For those of you that have problems with eBay and want investors to find out about it, what is posted above is the way that your voice can be heard by investors.
Wake up and let the world know!


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This user has validated their user name. by: Ed Gadfly

Mon May 7 07:00:23 2012

I'm interested in knowing how much money eBay pays out in dividends.

Or do you only make money buying low and selling high?

In any case I would not play. I have no interest interacting with such a sleazy, lying, corrupt company as eBa'al. (eBay + PayPal)

Money is not worth lying with that devil.

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This user has validated their user name. by: Spartacus

Mon May 7 12:10:00 2012

@Ed Gadfly, eBay doesn't pay dividends.

Most investors make money from eBay stock by shorting it when it's at a high because it always goes right back down.

With a 52 week range of 26.86 - 41.96 per share and currently priced at 39.89 per share, shorts who are calling the 35 and 30 options stand to profit when the earnings from the Skype deal and final value fees on shipping fall off next quarter.

Anybody thinking of going long on eBay right now would be known as a ''bagholder''  

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This user has validated their user name. by: Spartacus

Mon May 7 12:10:48 2012

Oh and btw, getting "sentimental" with any investment is a guaranteed way to be parted from your investment.  

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