Friday Internet Movers: Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO), Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN)

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Travelzoo Inc. (NASDAQ:TZOO) announced yesterday afternoon that it is making management changes within its Local and Search businesses. Mark Webb, president of Travelzoo Local, is leaving the company on May 1, and Michael Stitt will assume leadership of the company’s Local business in North America. Travelzoo also appointed David White, joins Travelzoo from Yahoo! (YHOO), to lead Travelzoo’s Search business. At Yahoo!, White served as senior director of product operations. “The management changes are made in response to the continued weakness in the company’s local voucher sales and declining search revenues,” Travelzoo stated.

Ascendiant believes Travelzoo’s announcement of new heads for its Search and Local businesses due to continued weakness in local voucher sales and lower search revenues adds uncertainty to its Q1 outlook. Ascendiant added that its checks indicate that Travelzoo’s Local Deals decreased 15% in Q1 and the firm maintains its Hold rating on the stock.

Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos told investors in his 2013 letter to shareholders that more than million customers joined Prime in the third week of December alone, “and there are now tens of millions of Prime members worldwide. On a per customer basis, Prime members are ordering more items, across more categories, than ever before…This year, we passed 20 million eligible products, and we continue to add more. We’ve made Prime better in other ways too, adding new digital benefits – including the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library and Prime Instant Video. And we’re not done. We have many ideas for how to make Prime even better.” He also commented that “Prime Instant Video is experiencing tremendous growth across all metrics – including new customers, repeat usage, and total number of streams. These are output metrics and they suggest we are on a good path, focusing on the right inputs. Two of the key inputs are the growth of selection and the desirability of that selection. Since we launched PIV in 2011 with 5,000 titles, we’ve grown selection to more than 40,000 movies and TV episodes.”

Analysts have a consensus price target of $415 on Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) which indicates a 31% upside. The consensus rating of the stock is a BUY with a score of 2.73. There are currently 6 Hold Ratings, 24 Buy ratings, 1 Strong Buy ration and 2 Sell ratings on the stock.

The most recent analyst action consisted of S&P Equity Research Reiterating their Sell rating on the stock on April 4th, 2013.

 

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