Rackspace Hosting Inc. (RAX): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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Rackspace Hosting ( RAX) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Rackspace Hosting fell $1.06 (-1.7%) to $60.48 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of Rackspace Hosting exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $58.56-$61.17 after having opened the day at $61.17 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $61.54. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Groupon ( GRPN), down 29.6%, MeetMe ( MEET), down 15.4%, Trulia ( TRLA), down 12.8%, and Remark Media ( MARK), down 11.2%.
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Rackspace Hosting, Inc. provides cloud computing services, managing Web-based IT systems for small and medium-sized businesses, and large enterprises worldwide. Rackspace Hosting has a market cap of $8.54 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 87.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 43.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are nine analysts that rate Rackspace Hosting a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Rackspace Hosting as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and good cash flow from operations. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, Kayak Software Corp Class A ( KYAK), up 27.8%, SciQuest ( SQI), up 16.3%, Internet Initiative Japan ( IIJI), up 6.3%, and Web.com Group ( WWWW), up 6.2%, were all gainers within the internet industry with Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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