Google Inc. (GOOG): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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Google ( GOOG) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.3%. By the end of trading, Google rose $13.96 (1.8%) to $806.85 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2.9 million shares of Google exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2.3 million shares. The stock ranged in a price between $795.28-$807 after having opened the day at $795.99 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $792.89. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Deltathree ( DDDC), up 66.7%, Geeknet ( GKNT), up 8.9%, support.com ( SPRT), up 7.4%, and Digital River ( DRIV), up 4.5%.
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Google Inc., a technology company, builds products and provides services to organize the information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google has a market cap of $212.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 24.4, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 12.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 22 analysts that rate Google a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and eight rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Google 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, solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share and increase in net income. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Remark Media ( MARK), down 20.3%, Trulia ( TRLA), down 11%, Yandex ( YNDX), down 10.1%, and MeetMe ( MEET), down 7.7%, were all laggards within the internet industry with Baidu ( BIDU) being today's internet industry laggard.

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