IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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IAC/InterActiveCorp ( IACI) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.2%. By the end of trading, IAC/InterActiveCorp rose $1.23 (3%) to $42.39 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2.6 million shares of IAC/InterActiveCorp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1.5 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $41.36-$42.89 after having opened the day at $41.40 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $41.16. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Global Sources ( GSOL), up 8.9%, Zynga Inc Class A ( ZNGA), up 7%, Yelp Inc Class A ( YELP), up 4.1%, and TechTarget ( TTGT), up 4.1%.
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IAC/InterActiveCorp engages in the Internet business in the United States and internationally. IAC/InterActiveCorp has a market cap of $3.44 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 22.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 12% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are eight analysts that rate IAC/InterActiveCorp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and three 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 negative front, Baidu ( BIDU), down 10.1%, Synacor ( SYNC), down 9.7%, China Finance Online ( JRJC), down 6.8%, and Tucows ( TCX), down 6.7%, were all laggards within the internet industry with Groupon ( GRPN) being today's internet industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the internet industry could consider First Trust Dow Jones Internet Idx ( FDN) while those bearish on the internet industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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