LinkedIn Corp (LNKD): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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LinkedIn ( LNKD) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, LinkedIn rose $1.88 (1.9%) to $100.65 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.2 million shares of LinkedIn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $97.50-$101.10 after having opened the day at $98.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $98.77. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: MeetMe ( MEET), up 40.6%, ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), up 8.6%, Zynga Inc Class A ( ZNGA), up 7%, and Groupon ( GRPN), up 6.2%.
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LinkedIn Corporation operates an online professional network. LinkedIn has a market cap of $8.65 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 661.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 57.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate LinkedIn a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and nine rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LinkedIn as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and premium valuation.

On the negative front, Authentidate Holding Corporation ( ADAT), down 11.1%, Remark Media ( MARK), down 10%, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), down 7.4%, and China Finance Online ( JRJC), down 5.6%, were all laggards within the internet industry with NetEase ( NTES) being today's internet industry laggard.

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