The Internet stock market heats up again, as those who sold off just a few
weeks ago begin to pile back in.
ISDEX is up 6% with the broad market also moving higher. Big moves by the
Web's branded players lead the way, but stirrings among smaller
capitalization stocks also provide some fuel. Today's snapshot:
Go.com, the Infoseek (NASDAQ:SEEK) and Disney (NYSE:DIS) portal
combo debuts as the #4 Web site in the world, according to survey firm
Media Metrix's January tally. The site combines the technology of
Infoseek's search and guide with the brand and marketing content of Disney.
Infoseek reports 200,000 new people each week register at the site.
SEEK shares pop on the news, up 11% to $68.375 per share. We wonder how
long before Infoseek drops its name and renames the company Go.com? To us
there's more value in Go.com as the brand going forward.
eFax (NASDAQ:EFAX) gets further investment from leading venture
capitalist Tim Draper, whose stake in the fax-to-e-mail company is now 6 %.
eFax provides free fax-to-e-mail service as well as HotSend, a utility that
allows one-click e-mail attachments.
We think the market for fax to e-mail could be big, given the millions of
fax machines in use that could be "Web enabled" through services like eFax.
Being free means eFax is going for the most user numbers, similar to what
Draper Fisher venture firm's HotMail did (eFax's rival JFax charges for its
Latest quarter ending December 31 EFAX reported $7 million revenue and a
loss of $365,000. The company is making a transition from old-fashioned fax
services to Web ones. EFAX shares gain 21% today to $7.0625 per share on
CNET (NASDAQ:CNET) buys PC auctioneer AuctionGate Interactive for
$6.5 million stock. The site has the standard items for sale. For the price
it looks like CNET got a bargain.