New data shows that Cyber Monday, the younger virtual cousin of Black Friday, has won out as the biggest online shopping day in history.
Online sales rose 22 percent to $1.25 billion on Cyber Monday, when retailers ramp up online promotions, according to research firm comScore, that makes it the biggest online shopping day ever, the research firm said. A year ago, Cyber Monday sales topped $1 billion for the first time (via CNBC.com).
According to IBM Benchmark, as of 3 p.m. ET, online sales were up 15% from last year.
Shopping in the new age
Besides causing online retailers to jump for joy, Cyber Monday highlights the number of American consumers who have become more comfortable with using their personal computers, tablets, and smartphones to shop.
This means adaptation for retailers who want to capitalize on the shifting market habits. Heavy promotions, time sensitive discounts, free shipping, and online coupon codes all play a strong role in bringing customers to websites and boosting revenues.
Also significant is the medium consumers use to shop. According to CNN, more than 12% of the people surfing retailer sites were using mobile devices, according to IBM Benchmark, and more than 7% of the purchases made were on mobile. That's up from 3.2% last year. iPhone and iPad were the top mobile devices for retail traffic, with Android devices coming in third.
"When you look at the numbers ... you can really see how fast the mobile experience and the mobile user is impacting online sales," says IBM's John Squire, chief strategy officer for IBM Smarter Commerce.
Amazon, Best Buy, Macy's, Walmart, and nearly every major (and minor) retailer beyond were advertising their Cyber Monday deals. "Even nontraditional businesses such as airlines and hotels were getting in on the act with Monday travel discounts," reports CNN.
So, which Internet information providers were most expected to benefit from the national online shopping spree, and more importantly, the increased Internet activity?
To find out we looked for the Internet information provider stocks that have recently received bullish sentiment from institutional buyers -- meaning they have net positive purchases in the current quarter.
"Smart Money" seems to think there's an upside to these names, do you agree? (Click here to access free, interactive tools to analyze these ideas.)
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6. XO Group
Interactive Chart: Press Play to compare changes in analyst ratings over the last two years for the stocks mentioned above. Analyst ratings sourced from Zacks Investment Research.
Kapitall's Rebecca Lipman does not own any of the shares mentioned above. Institutional data sourced from Fidelity, all other data from Finviz.