NetEase Inc (NTES): Today's Featured Internet Winner

NetEase ( NTES) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, NetEase rose 27 cents (0.5%) to $53.08 on light volume. Throughout the day, 130,193 shares of NetEase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 702,000 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $52.26-$53.55 after having opened the day at $52.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $52.81. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: MeetMe ( MEET), up 16.4%, Bankrate ( RATE), up 6.6%, support.com ( SPRT), up 6%, and Web.com Group ( WWWW), up 5.5%.

NetEase, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in online games, Internet portal, and wireless value-added services businesses in China. It operates an online community and offers Chinese language content and services. NetEase has a market cap of $6.96 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.6, below the average internet industry P/E ratio of 17.4 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate NetEase a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and five rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NetEase 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, notable return on equity, attractive valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Digital River ( DRIV), down 25.6%, Liquidity Service ( LQDT), down 8.1%, Synacor ( SYNC), down 5.5%, and Autobytel ( ABTL), down 4.7%, were all laggards within the internet industry with LinkedIn ( LNKD) being today's internet industry laggard.

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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