Thursday, October 10, 2013
The Sky-High Valuations of Shutter Stocks
Two of the most remarkable runs in the current market are Shutterfly (NASDAQ: SFLY ) and Shutterstock (NYSE: SSTK ) . Not only do the companies deal in photo books and digital images that appear to offer nothing proprietary, but the stocks also trade as if the companies are leading a revolutionary change.
Investors naturally get excited about the brand recognition possibilities and the cloud services offered to consumers to create irreplaceable lifetime products. The question is if the services offer any sort of moat that prevents competition from easily replicating the products. The hope from investors is that once consumers join the service, they won't stray to other websites.
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