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Google

(

GOOG

) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Google fell $12.96 (-1.5%) to $868.31 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,993,608 shares of Google exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,281,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $864.29-$877.99 after having opened the day at $875.71 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $881.27. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were:

ChinaNet Online Holdings

(

CNET

), down 6.5%,

Jiayuan.com International Ltd ADR

(

DATE

), down 3.3%,

Trulia

(

TRLA

), down 3.3% and

Facebook Inc Class A

(

FB

), down 3.2%.

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Google Inc., a technology company, builds products and provides services to organize the information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google has a market cap of $236.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 27.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 23.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 23 analysts that rate Google a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates

Google

as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front,

LookSmart

(

LOOK

), down 13.1%,

Deltathree

(

DDDC

), down 10.0%,

ChinaCache International Holdings

(

CCIH

), down 5.2% and

Selectica

(

SLTC

), down 3.5%.

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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