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 up 0.4%. By the end of trading, IAC/InterActiveCorp fell 78 cents (-1.8%) to $42.37 on average volume. Throughout the day, one million shares of IAC/InterActiveCorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 981,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $41.91-$43.10 after having opened the day at $43.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $43.15. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: ChinaCache International Holdings ( CCIH), down 8.8%, Demand Media ( DMD), down 6.1%, Travelzoo ( TZOO), down 5.8%, and MeetMe ( MEET), down 5.8%.
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IAC/InterActiveCorp engages in the Internet business in the United States and internationally. IAC/InterActiveCorp has a market cap of $3.54 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 23.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.3% 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 robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Remark Media ( MARK), up 25.6%, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), up 11.1%, Crexendo ( EXE), up 10%, and Groupon ( GRPN), up 8.5%, were all gainers within the internet industry with Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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