ValueClick Inc. (VCLK): Today's Featured Internet Winner

ValueClick ( VCLK) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.3%. By the end of trading, ValueClick rose 13 cents (0.8%) to $15.60 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.2 million shares of ValueClick exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $15.20-$15.71 after having opened the day at $15.32 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $15.47. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Autobytel ( ABTL), up 6.2%, Remark Media ( MARK), up 5.7%, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), up 4.5%, and Bitauto Holdings ( BITA), up 3.6%.

ValueClick, Inc. provides various products and services that enable marketers to advertise and sell their products through online marketing channels primarily in the United States and the United Kingdom. ValueClick has a market cap of $1.25 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12, equal to the average internet industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 5% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate ValueClick a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates ValueClick as a buy. 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had lackluster performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), down 7.2%, Youku ( YOKU), down 6.9%, Tudou Holdings ( TUDO), down 6.3%, and LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 5.9%, were all losers within the internet industry with Google ( GOOG) 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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