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Last Week's Biggest Market Head-Scratchers

Wall Street can be fickle, leaving investors scratching their heads in bewilderment. Some of last week's biggest surprises, blunders, and flat-out boneheaded moves included Morgan Stanley's downgrading of Google, another step toward a LivingSocial IPO, and irrational exuberance with respect to Wendy's stock.

Are Group Deal Sites Costing You Too Much Time?

A penny saved, they say, is a penny earned -- which explains the popularity of group-buying websites. But they also say that time is money, which is why you may be feeling like the daily slog through all those discount deals is becoming more trouble than it's worth. But there are ways to keep the bargains and take back your inbox.

What Deals on Facebook Means to the Group-Buying Biz

Facebook dipped a big toe into the group-buying waters on Tuesday, launching a test of its Deals on Facebook service. But though it's coming late to the game, analysts and merchants say they won't be surprised if the social networking titan soon poses a viable threat to market leaders Groupon and LivingSocial.

When the 'Daily Deal' Is No Deal at All

Everyone loves to save money, and group-buying websites like Groupon and LivingSocial make it seem so easy. But they also make it easy -- and very tempting -- to buy more than you need, things that you don't, and coupons you'll never redeem. But you can tame your group-buying habit.

Group Buying Companies: Time to Take Stock

When will Groupon and Living Social go public...and how have the sites already changed the way older companies do business? With high profit margins leading to steep valuation, it looks like the group coupon market is poised to explode!

LivingSocial Cuts Off the Aggregators. What's Up With That?

People who run smaller group-buying sites say the aggregators are by far the best source of new customers and new traffic. And LivingSocial, while big and valued at $1 billion, is still a whole lot smaller than the big kahuna Groupon. So why would LivingSocial take this tack?

What Groupon Will Do With That Extra $950 Million

Word is bubbling up that Groupon is about to close a $950 million funding round. But the company is already the global group buying leader and is growing much faster than its competitors, so why does it need so much money? For world domination, of course ... and here's how it's likely to play out.

Groupon Looks to Raise Funds After Spurning Google Bid

Groupon, the online social coupon site launched in 2008, is looking to raise hundreds of millions of dollars in expansion-related funding after rejecting a bid from search giant Google worth as much as $6 billion, Bloomberg News reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the process.

Can Group Buying Save the Newspaper Business?

Although many media pundits have declared that newspapers are in a death spiral, group buying may -- just may -- have an antidote. This business is a perfect fit for the existing newspaper sales force, which has a deep Rolodex of local customers.

Why Groupon Will Crush Most Group-Buying Clones

Many pundits lately have decried the Groupon model as easy to emulate, and predicted fierce competition from many new players, price wars and a race to the bottom in terms of commissions. Web industry watcher Alex Salkever used to believe that, too -- but not anymore. Here's why:

Yelp Goes Groupon: Who Will Win in Local Deals?

Watch out, Groupon: Local reviews site Yelp has begun rolling out weekly deals in a number of cities. While the group buying site has a big leap on Yelp, there are many reasons why the latecomer could bridge the gap quickly.