S&P Capital IQ Equity Research Issues 2013 Internet Predictions

       S&P Capital IQ Equity Research Issues 2013 Internet Predictions

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NEW YORK, Jan. 7, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan.7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Facebook's disappointing IPO, Apple's
new products and software shortcomings, Yahoo's three new CEOs including
Marissa Mayer, Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility, and resurgent search
competition in China, are among the many developments that kept the Internet
segment very interesting in 2012. Given the nature of the area, it will
probably stay in the news in 2013, and accordingly, Scott Kessler, Internet
equity analyst and head of the Technology Sector team at S&P Capital IQ Equity
Research, has issued 13 Internet predictions for 2013.

On January 4, 2013, Mr. Kessler issued the following predictions.

1.We believe Internet companies will increasingly utilize their balance
    sheets for stock buybacks and dividends.
2.Reflecting what we see as a decline in interest and confidence in iOS
    apps, following disappointment related to Maps and Siri, we see Apple
    making substantial commitments to improving its mobile software offerings.
3.As Facebook looks to emphasize mobile and monetization more, and users
    become increasingly concerned about privacy issues, we see greater
    potential for "Facebook fatigue."
4.We think Facebook will expand its Gifts offering and make e-commerce and
    perhaps payments more of a priority.
5.With the FTC's inquiry into Google having ended, we believe the company
    will become more proactive with acquisitions in terms of size and volume.
6.We believe Google will continue to invest in its enterprise business, with
    new offerings and features.
7.We think Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer has made many good decisions but we
    believe it will take time for the financials to follow suit. We think a
    lot of the positives are already priced into the stock.
8.We don't expect Alibaba Group to come public or even announce a planned
    offering in 2013, to the chagrin of Yahoo investors.
9.We see divestitures of non-core businesses, investments, and products as
    an important theme, as Internet companies look to focus their resources
    and simplify their operating structures.
10.Repeating a prediction from last year, we believe cyber security will
    become an even more important issue in 2013.
11.We think 2013 will be more challenging for online travel companies and
    stocks, reflecting more mature businesses and substantial competition.
12.We think CEOs at ValueClick and WebMD appointed in 2012 will help deliver
    value for shareholders in 2013.
13.We believe that announced planned data center and network investments will
    enable EarthLink to become more of a nationally known and successful
    technology service provider.

"I've been making these predictions for a number of years and, of course, I
get some right and some wrong," Mr. Kessler said. "We made a number of
accurate predictions last year, and I encourage folks to read our related
research and reach out to discuss. We'll see in a year or so how this year's
predictions do."

Facebook (FB 29, Hold)
Apple (AAPL 527, Strong Buy)
Yahoo (YHOO 20, Hold)
Google (GOOG 738, Hold)
ValueClick (VCLK 20, Strong Buy)
WebMD (WBMD 16, Buy)
EarthLink (ELNK 7, Strong Buy)

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