Ariba Inc. (ARBA): Today's Featured Internet Loser

Ariba ( ARBA) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet loser. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Ariba fell 24 cents (-0.5%) to $44.98 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5.5 million shares of Ariba exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.6 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $44.89-$45.15 after having opened the day at $45.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $45.22. Other company's within the Internet industry that declined today were: Deltathree ( DDDC), down 56%, Facebook Inc Class A ( FB), down 9.6%, Zynga ( ZNGA), down 7.9%, and Yelp ( YELP), down 6.2%.

Ariba, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, provides collaborative business commerce solutions for buying and selling goods and services in the United States and internationally. Ariba has a market cap of $4.43 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 61% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five analysts that rate Ariba a buy, two analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Ariba 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the positive front, Jiayuan.com International Ltd ADR ( DATE), up 18%, SouFun Holdings ( SFUN), up 15.6%, VirnetX ( VHC), up 10.9%, and Synacor ( SYNC), up 8%, were all gainers within the internet industry with NetEase ( NTES) being today's featured internet industry winner.

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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