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SINA Corporation (SINA) Down In Early Morning Trading

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.

Trade-Ideas LLC identified SINA Corporation ( SINA) as a pre-market laggard candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified SINA Corporation as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SINA has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $191.1 million.
  • SINA traded 19,006 shares today in the pre-market hours as of 8:10 AM.
  • SINA is down 2.8% today from yesterday's close.

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More details on SINA:

SINA Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online media company in the People's Republic of China. SINA has a PE ratio of 76.6. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate SINA Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

The average volume for SINA Corporation has been 2.7 million shares per day over the past 30 days. SINA has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. The stock has a beta of 2.00 and a short float of 5.2% with 1.38 days to cover. Shares are up 0.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates SINA Corporation 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 growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 9.1%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 21.2%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • SINA has no debt to speak of therefore resulting in a debt-to-equity ratio of zero, which we consider to be a relatively favorable sign. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 4.02, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • The gross profit margin for SINA CORP is rather high; currently it is at 63.82%. It has increased from the same quarter the previous year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of 13.74% trails the industry average.
  • Powered by its strong earnings growth of 164.28% and other important driving factors, this stock has surged by 64.84% over the past year, outperforming the rise in the S&P 500 Index during the same period. Setting our sights on the months ahead, however, we feel that the stock's sharp appreciation over the last year has driven it to a price level which is now relatively expensive compared to the rest of its industry. The implication is that its reduced upside potential is not good enough to warrant further investment at this time.
  • The company's current return on equity has slightly decreased from the same quarter one year prior. This implies a minor weakness in the organization. Compared to other companies in the Internet Software & Services industry and the overall market, SINA CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.

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