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

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NetEase ( NTES) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, NetEase fell $1.47 (-2.8%) to $50.20 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of NetEase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 757,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $49.37-$51.44 after having opened the day at $51.30 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.67. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Youku Tudou ( YOKU), down 10.2%, Groupon ( GRPN), down 9.9%, Deltathree ( DDDC), down 8%, and China Finance Online ( JRJC), down 6.2%.
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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 $6.65 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 12.9, below the average internet industry P/E ratio of 15.9 and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 15.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. 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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