IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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IAC/InterActiveCorp ( IACI) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, IAC/InterActiveCorp fell $1.11 (-2.1%) to $52.41 on average volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of IAC/InterActiveCorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 818,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $52.17-$53.27 after having opened the day at $52.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $53.52. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Local ( LOCM), down 10.4%, Remark Media ( MARK), down 7%, HealthStream ( HSTM), down 6.2%, and Innodata ( INOD), down 6%.
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IAC/InterActiveCorp engages in the Internet business in the United States and internationally. IAC/InterActiveCorp has a market cap of $4.31 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 25.5, below the average internet industry P/E ratio of 26.1 and above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 25.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are seven analysts that rate IAC/InterActiveCorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and four rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates IAC/InterActiveCorp as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, increase in net income, robust revenue growth and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

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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