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What: Shares of daily-deal specialist Groupon (NASDAQ:GRPN) were getting clipped by investors today, finishing the day down 8.7% on news that CEO Andrew Mason, who had been under fire, will stay at the company.
So what: Shares of the coupon merchant had jumped nearly 20% in the last week in part on rumors that Mason would be ousted, but the board made no such moves at a meeting last night. Groupon has been one of the biggest flops on Wall Street this year, as shares have fallen about 80% since their debut last November.
Now what: Sorry, but investors should be blaming themselves or the Wall Street machine that originally valued Groupon at $15 billion, not Mason. The young CEO built the company into a juggernaut in just three short years, and if anyone has the vision to give Groupon profitable legs, it's him.
Still, it's going to be an uphill battle. The daily-deals business was well timed for the recession, but there are a litany of problems with the industry, including low barriers to entry, merchant frustration, and consumer fatigue. Witness the recent layoffs at Living Social as proof that the industry was simply bloated. Groupon's still the favorite here, but I wouldn't get on board until I saw long-term growth and stable profits.
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