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Yelp Inc Class A (YELP): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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Yelp Inc Class A ( YELP) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Yelp Inc Class A fell $0.96 (-3.1%) to $30.01 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,711,531 shares of Yelp Inc Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,276,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $29.75-$31.99 after having opened the day at $30.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.97. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Internet Initiative Japan ( IIJI), down 7.7%, Deltathree ( DDDC), down 6.7%, Sohu.com ( SOHU), down 5.4% and Vipshop Holdings Ltd ADR ( VIPS), down 5.0%.

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Yelp, Inc. operates Yelp.com, an online urban city guide that helps people find places to eat, shop, drink, relax, and play based on the informed opinions of a community of locals in the know. Yelp Inc Class A has a market cap of $962.1 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 64.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Yelp Inc Class A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yelp Inc Class A as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

On the positive front, Net Element International ( NETE), down 10.8%, MeetMe ( MEET), down 7.3%, ExactTarget ( ET), down 6.3% and Youku Tudou ( YOKU), down 4.8%.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the internet industry could consider First Trust Dow Jones Internet Idx ( FDN) while those bearish on the internet industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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