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

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NetEase ( NTES) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, NetEase rose $1.26 (2.5%) to $52.07 on average volume. Throughout the day, 577,167 shares of NetEase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 728,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $50.75-$52.10 after having opened the day at $51.11 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.81. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), up 10.6%, Market Leader ( LEDR), up 6.3%, Geeknet ( GKNT), up 5.2%, and Jacada ( JCDA), up 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 $6.73 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 13.1, below the average internet industry P/E ratio of 16.1 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 14.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate NetEase a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and six rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NetEase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and attractive valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

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