Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (QIHU): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.8%. By the end of trading, Qihoo 360 Technology rose 33 cents (1.1%) to $30.83 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1.9 million shares of Qihoo 360 Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $29.80-$30.97 after having opened the day at $30.50 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $30.50. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Selectica ( SLTC), up 5.5%, Net Element International ( NETE), up 4.4%, Internet Initiative Japan ( IIJI), up 4.4%, and ClickSoftware Technologies ( CKSW), up 4.3%.
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Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. provides Internet and mobile security products in the People's Republic of China. Qihoo 360 Technology has a market cap of $3.65 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 89.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are six analysts that rate Qihoo 360 Technology a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and one rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qihoo 360 Technology as a hold. 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 and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the negative front, Synacor ( SYNC), down 13.2%, Groupon ( GRPN), down 7.3%, Youku Tudou ( YOKU), down 7.2%, and Global Sources ( GSOL), down 6.3%, were all laggards within the internet industry with Baidu ( BIDU) being today's internet industry laggard.

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