Youku Tudou Inc (YOKU): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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Youku Tudou ( YOKU) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Youku Tudou rose 47 cents (2.2%) to $22.24 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.7 million shares of Youku Tudou exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.1 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $21.44-$22.39 after having opened the day at $21.74 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.77. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Local ( LOCM), up 4.9%, VirnetX ( VHC), up 4.6%, Trulia ( TRLA), up 4.5%, and Bitauto Holdings ( BITA), up 4.2%.
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Youku Tudou Inc. operates as an Internet television company in the People's Republic of China. Its Internet television platform enables consumers to search, view, and share video content across various devices. Youku Tudou has a market cap of $3.56 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 19.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are four analysts that rate Youku Tudou a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Youku Tudou as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

On the negative front, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), down 6.5%, Innodata ( INOD), down 4.1%, BroadVision ( BVSN), down 3.6%, and LookSmart ( LOOK), down 3.3%, were all laggards within the internet industry with IAC/InterActiveCorp ( IACI) being today's internet industry laggard.

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