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

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Youku Tudou ( YOKU) 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, Youku Tudou fell 24 cents (-1.1%) to $21.53 on light volume. Throughout the day, 918,324 shares of Youku Tudou exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.4 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $21.26-$21.97 after having opened the day at $21.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $21.77. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Deltathree ( DDDC), down 13.3%, Bitauto Holdings ( BITA), down 4.8%, TechTarget ( TTGT), down 3.9%, and LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 3.7%.
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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 $3.57 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 19.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are five 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, poor profit margins and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the positive front, ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), up 13.8%, AOL ( AOL), up 7.4%, Rediff.com India ( REDF), up 6.9%, and Angie's List ( ANGI), up 6.4%, were all gainers within the internet industry with Zynga Inc Class A ( ZNGA) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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