LinkedIn Corp (LNKD): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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LinkedIn ( LNKD) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.1%. By the end of trading, LinkedIn fell $2.66 (-1.6%) to $162.46 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,200,359 shares of LinkedIn exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,267,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $161.70-$166.14 after having opened the day at $165.54 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $165.12. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Remark Media ( MARK), down 6.8%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 5.1%, Selectica ( SLTC), down 4.6% and Internap Network Services ( INAP), down 4.2%.
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LinkedIn Corporation operates an online professional network. LinkedIn has a market cap of $15.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 478.7, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 45.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 16 analysts that rate LinkedIn a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 13 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates LinkedIn as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, ExactTarget ( ET), down 52.4%, Net Element International ( NETE), down 10.4%, MeetMe ( MEET), down 10.0% and LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 7.6% , were all gainers within the internet industry with Zynga Inc Class A ( ZNGA) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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