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June 7, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW, Jonathan Gaw covers technology and electronic commerce for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7818 and at jonathan.gaw@latimes.com
From the "Anything you can do, I can do better" department: Two weeks ago, Irvine-based Autobytel.com Inc. issued a news release saying that dealers in its network sold $1 million worth of cars through its site every hour.
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May 28, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
What a difference a news release makes. On a day when stocks in general and Internet commerce stocks in particular took a bath, Irvine-based Autobytel.com Inc. saw its shares soar 47% Thursday after it said that purchase requests through its online network now result in $1 million in car sales each hour. While the company's news release moved the stock, the number was a repackaging of old figures rather than actual news.
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March 30, 1999
In its first full day of trading Monday, the stock of Internet car retailer Autobytel.com Inc. slumped more than 12%, even as the rest of the market generally moved up and the Dow Jones industrial average closed above 10,000 for the first time. The Irvine-based company's shares, which surged 75% after debuting midway through Friday's session, dropped $4.88 on Monday to close at $35.38. Its competitor, Santa Clara-based Autoweb.com Inc.
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March 24, 1999 | JONATHAN GAW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On a day when the overall stock market plummeted, Santa Clara, Calif.-based Autoweb.com Inc. on Tuesday had a stunning market debut, with its shares nearly tripling in price--an encouraging sign for Irvine-based Autobytel.com, a competitor that plans to go public today.
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January 16, 1999 | From Bloomberg News
Autobytel.com Inc., which operates a Web site for purchasing new and used vehicles, has revved up plans for an initial stock offering more than 1 1/2 years after canceling earlier plans. The Irvine-based company will seek to raise about $72 million by selling 4.5 million shares to new investors for an estimated $16 per share, according to a report filed Friday with the Securities and Exchange Commission. At that price, the company would have a market value of about $285.
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August 5, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL, John O'Dell covers major Orange County corporations and manufacturing for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-5831 and at john.odell@latimes.com
Internet auto buying service Auto-By-Tel Corp. has changed its name to get more in line with being online. The new moniker: autobytel.com inc. And yes, they really do mean to have it all in lower case. It's part of the trend by Internet-based businesses to have their names match their Web site addresses to make it easier for potential customers. The name change coincides with a major revamp of autobytel.
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