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Trade-Ideas: Sohu.com (SOHU) Is Today's Post-Market Leader Stock

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 Sohu.com ( SOHU) as a post-market leader candidate. In addition to specific proprietary factors, Trade-Ideas identified Sohu.com as such a stock due to the following factors:

  • SOHU has an average dollar-volume (as measured by average daily share volume multiplied by share price) of $55.6 million.
  • SOHU is up 3.9% today from today's close.

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More details on SOHU:

Sohu.com Inc. provides online media, search, gaming, community, and mobile services in the People's Republic of China. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sohu.com a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

The average volume for Sohu.com has been 802,500 shares per day over the past 30 days. Sohu.com has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the technology sector and internet industry. The stock has a beta of 2.28 and a short float of 10.9% with 1.94 days to cover. Shares are down 12.7% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreetRatings.com Analysis:

TheStreet Quant Ratings rates Sohu.com as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. 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.

Highlights from the ratings report include:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 16.4%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 28.7%. This growth in revenue does not appear to have trickled down to the company's bottom line, displayed by a decline in earnings per share.
  • Compared to its closing price of one year ago, SOHU's share price has jumped by 48.63%, exceeding the performance of the broader market during that same time frame. Regarding the stock's future course, our hold rating indicates that we do not recommend additional investment in this stock despite its gains in the past year.
  • Despite currently having a low debt-to-equity ratio of 0.31, it is higher than that of the industry average, inferring that management of debt levels may need to be evaluated further. Despite the fact that SOHU's debt-to-equity ratio is mixed in its results, the company's quick ratio of 1.72 is high and demonstrates strong liquidity.
  • SOHU.COM INC has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. Earnings per share have declined over the last two years. We anticipate that this should continue in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, SOHU.COM INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.47 versus $2.04 in the prior year. For the next year, the market is expecting a contraction of 208.5% in earnings (-$1.45 versus -$0.47).
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Internet Software & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 88.8% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $25.39 million to $2.83 million.

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