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The Internet industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.4%. Laggards within the Internet industry included

Net Element

(

NETE

), down 22.4%,

ChinaNet Online Holdings

(

CNET

), down 3.0%,

Innodata

(

INOD

), down 2.3%,

Internet Initiative Japan

(

IIJI

), down 2.5% and

Synacor

(

SYNC

), down 1.6%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Internet Initiative Japan

(

IIJI

) is one of the companies that pushed the Internet industry lower today. Internet Initiative Japan was down $0.30 (2.5%) to $11.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 7,042 shares of Internet Initiative Japan exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $11.83-$11.90 after having opened the day at $11.86 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $12.15.

Internet Initiative Japan Inc., together with its subsidiaries, offers Internet connectivity, WAN, outsourcing, and systems integration services primarily in Japan. The company operates in two segments: Network Services and Systems Integration Business, and ATM Operation Business. Internet Initiative Japan has a market cap of $1.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 9.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Internet Initiative Japan

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat weak growth in earnings per share.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IIJI go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 21.2%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 33.0%. 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.
  • 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. Regardless of the somewhat mixed results with the debt-to-equity ratio, the company's quick ratio of 1.28 is sturdy.
  • Despite any intermediate fluctuations, we have only bad news to report on this stock's performance over the last year: it has tumbled by 32.91%, worse than the S&P 500's performance. Consistent with the plunge in the stock price, the company's earnings per share are down 32.00% compared to the year-earlier quarter. Looking ahead, the stock's sharp decline over the past year may have been what was needed in order to bring its value into alignment with its fundamentals and others in its industry.
  • INTERNET INITIATIVE JAPAN INC's earnings per share declined by 32.0% in the most recent quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, INTERNET INITIATIVE JAPAN INC reported lower earnings of $0.49 versus $0.69 in the prior year.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Internet Initiative Japan Ratings Report

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At the close,

Innodata

(

INOD

) was down $0.07 (2.3%) to $3.00 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,300 shares of Innodata exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,400 shares. The stock ranged in price between $3.00-$3.10 after having opened the day at $3.08 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $3.07.

Innodata Inc. provides business process, information technology, and professional services that are focused on digital enablement. The company operates in two segments, Content Services (CS) and Innodata Advanced Data Solutions (IADS). Innodata has a market cap of $75.2 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 25.3% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Innodata a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates

Innodata

as a

hold

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on INOD go as follows:

  • INOD's debt-to-equity ratio is very low at 0.02 and is currently below that of the industry average, implying that there has been very successful management of debt levels. Along with this, the company maintains a quick ratio of 3.84, which clearly demonstrates the ability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Net operating cash flow has increased to $4.33 million or 38.27% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, INNODATA INC has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of -19.45%.
  • INNODATA INC reported flat earnings per share in the most recent quarter. The company has reported a trend of declining earnings per share over the past two years. However, the consensus estimate suggests that this trend should reverse in the coming year. During the past fiscal year, INNODATA INC swung to a loss, reporting -$0.43 versus $0.29 in the prior year. This year, the market expects an improvement in earnings ($0.02 versus -$0.43).
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the IT Services industry and the overall market, INNODATA INC's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • 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 IT Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 40.2% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $0.32 million to $0.19 million.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

Innodata Ratings Report

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ChinaNet Online Holdings

(

CNET

) was another company that pushed the Internet industry lower today. ChinaNet Online Holdings was down $0.02 (3.0%) to $0.79 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,400 shares of ChinaNet Online Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 45,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.79-$0.81 after having opened the day at $0.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.81.

ChinaNet Online Holdings, Inc., through its subsidiaries, provides business-to-businesses Internet services for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) sales networks in the People's Republic of China. ChinaNet Online Holdings has a market cap of $17.9 million and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 3.0% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates

ChinaNet Online Holdings

as a

sell

. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on CNET go as follows:

  • CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS 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. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS swung to a loss, reporting -$0.01 versus $0.13 in the prior year.
  • 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 Media industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 248.9% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from $1.25 million to -$1.86 million.
  • Current return on equity is lower than its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a clear sign of weakness within the company. Compared to other companies in the Media industry and the overall market, CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly decreased to -$0.06 million or 102.18% when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, when comparing to the industry average, the firm's growth rate is much lower.
  • 49.93% is the gross profit margin for CHINANET ONLINE HOLDINGS which we consider to be strong. Regardless of CNET's high profit margin, it has managed to decrease from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, CNET's net profit margin of -27.02% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here:

ChinaNet Online Holdings Ratings Report

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