Yandex NV (YNDX): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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Yandex ( YNDX) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.4%. By the end of trading, Yandex fell 31 cents (-1.3%) to $23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.6 million shares of Yandex exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $22.88-$23.97 after having opened the day at $23.51 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $23.31. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 14.1%, Remark Media ( MARK), down 7.2%, Ultimate Software Group ( ULTI), down 5.7%, and TechTarget ( TTGT), down 5.7%.
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Yandex N.V., an Internet and technology company, operates an Internet search engine in Russia and internationally. It offers access to a range of information available online; localized homepages for specific geographic markets; and personalized and email services. Yandex has a market cap of $4.11 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 41.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 18.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate Yandex a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yandex as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its notable return on equity, good cash flow from operations and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the stock has had a generally disappointing performance in the past year.

On the positive front, Rediff.com India ( REDF), up 26.8%, Deltathree ( DDDC), up 15%, Global Sources ( GSOL), up 10.5%, and Sify Technologies ( SIFY), up 8.8%, were all gainers within the internet industry with Google ( GOOG) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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