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Sohu.com Inc (SOHU): Today's Featured Technology Laggard

Editor's Note: Any reference to TheStreet Ratings and its underlying recommendation does not reflect the opinion of TheStreet, Inc. or any of its contributors including Jim Cramer or Stephanie Link.

Sohu.com ( SOHU) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.6%. By the end of trading, Sohu.com fell $1.21 (-1.7%) to $68.80 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,389,224 shares of Sohu.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,643,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $68.45-$70.96 after having opened the day at $70.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $70.01. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were: Rally Software Development ( RALY), down 25.3%, SeaChange International ( SEAC), down 16.5%, ReneSola ( SOL), down 15.6% and Yingli Green Energy Holding Company ( YGE), down 10.8%.

Sohu.com Inc. provides online media, search, gaming, community, and mobile services in the People's Republic of China. Sohu.com has a market cap of $2.6 billion and is part of the internet industry. The company has a P/E ratio of 153.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 47.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sohu.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sohu.com 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 expanding profit margins. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including feeble growth in the company's earnings per share, deteriorating net income and disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Radisys Corporation ( RSYS), up 24.6%, icad ( ICAD), up 22.1%, Plug Power ( PLUG), up 13.8% and BOS Better Online Solutions ( BOSC), up 12.8% , were all gainers within the technology sector with Emerson Electric ( EMR) being today's featured technology sector leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the technology sector could consider Technology Select Sector SPDR ( XLK) while those bearish on the technology sector could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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