Sohu.com Inc (SOHU): Today's Featured Internet Winner

Sohu.com ( SOHU) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Sohu.com rose $1.63 (3.8%) to $44.07 on light volume. Throughout the day, 622,387 shares of Sohu.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.95-$44.65 after having opened the day at $41.95 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $42.44. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Deltathree ( DDDC), up 33.3%, Groupon ( GRPN), up 9.3%, Jiayuan.com International Ltd ADR ( DATE), up 8.3%, and Tucows ( TCX), up 5.4%.

Sohu.com Inc. provides Chinese online media, search, gaming, community, and mobile services in the People's Republic of China. Sohu.com has a market cap of $1.62 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.4, equal to the average internet industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 15.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Sohu.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sohu.com 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 reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and a generally disappointing performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Remark Media ( MARK), down 13.5%, Synacor ( SYNC), down 10.2%, support.com ( SPRT), down 5.3%, and Facebook Inc Class A ( FB), down 3.8%, were all losers within the internet industry with Akamai Technologies ( AKAM) being today's internet industry loser.

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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