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

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Equinix ( EQIX) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Equinix fell $3.05 (-1.4%) to $221.87 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,386,258 shares of Equinix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 842,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $217.06-$222.95 after having opened the day at $221.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $224.92. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Deltathree ( DDDC), down 20.0%, Bitauto Holdings ( BITA), down 14.7%, Remark Media ( MARK), down 14.4% and ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 13.4%.
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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 $10.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 81.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 5.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Equinix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equinix as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, reasonable valuation levels, increase in net income, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the positive front, Groupon ( GRPN), down 11.4%, ChinaCache International Holdings ( CCIH), down 10.5%, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), down 4.1% and Net Element International ( NETE), down 3.8% , were all gainers within the internet industry with Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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