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WallStAnalyst.com: Reality Bites with Virtual Currencies; Social Media Firms Bolster User Base with Strategic Buyouts

Wall St. Analyst (www.wallstanalyst.com) has announced its comprehensive market summary that analyzes the most relevant news, events, and economic releases. This edition of the newsletter provides an insight into the recent developments in the virtual currency market and how virtual currencies are emerging as the alternative currency of choice among the global population. The newsletter also throws the spotlight on how social media firms are enhancing their mobile user base through strategic acquisitions.

Virtual Currency Market Overview

The market overview explores the world of virtual currency, a form of digital money that is unregulated and not issued or governed by any regulatory authority. With the rapid evolution of online gaming, plastic currency was replaced with game-based virtual currencies and peer-to-peer virtual currencies, which allows users to buy and sell virtual money as per existing exchange rates. Virtual currencies have been in the news in recent months due to their drastic fluctuations, instant publicity, and bad press, especially Bitcoin, since they can be used to purchase goods and for money laundering operations. More details about the virtual currency market are available at

http://wallstanalyst.com/reports/virtual-currency/1357-overview-of-the-virtual-currency-market

The Power of Messaging

WallStAnalyst.com analyzes how major social media companies are riding the mobile wave and are looking to garner more number of daily active users to increase their ad revenue. As part of their game plan, they are looking to acquire instant messaging apps that have a huge user base. This strategy could help social media companies in keeping their audience engaged and thereby attract more advertisers to their platform. More details about the recent buyouts in the social media space is available at

http://wallstanalyst.com/research-desk/hot-w/1356-the-next-billion

Earnings and Retail Sneak Peek

The earnings releases of retail and fast food giants shows that the industry is witnessing a lag phase, with major retailers either reporting a decline in profits or failure to meet analyst expectations. Despite massive discounts, retailers clocked low footfall and dismal sales. More details about the trends in the retail industry is available at

http://wallstanalyst.com/research-desk/market-monitoring/1355-earnings-release-21-feb-2014

http://wallstanalyst.com/research-desk/market-monitoring/1358-retail-industry-sneak-peek-for-the-december-quarter

Focus Concepts, Sectors, and Companies

Facebook
Apple Inc.
Twitter
Yahoo Inc.
United Continental
Gap Inc.
Ralph Lauren
Marriot International
Xerox Corp.
Moody’s

For more information visit www.wallstanalyst.com.

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