Equinix Inc. (EQIX): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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Equinix ( EQIX) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, Equinix rose $3.49 (1.7%) to $213.64 on average volume. Throughout the day, 888,324 shares of Equinix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 760,600 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $208.50-$215.00 after having opened the day at $214.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $210.15. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: SouFun Holdings ( SFUN), up 5.4%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 5.0%, VirnetX ( VHC), up 3.9% and Vipshop Holdings Ltd ADR ( VIPS), up 3.7%.
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Equinix, Inc. provides data center services to protect and connect the information assets for the enterprises, financial services companies, and content and network providers primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. Equinix has a market cap of $10.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 78.3, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 1.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equinix as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income, robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the negative front, Deltathree ( DDDC), down 30.0%, China Finance Online ( JRJC), down 8.9%, MeetMe ( MEET), down 6.4% and Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), down 4.7% , were all laggards within the internet industry with Youku Tudou ( YOKU) being today's internet industry laggard.

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