Sohu.com Inc (SOHU): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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Sohu.com ( SOHU) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.4%. By the end of trading, Sohu.com rose $1.07 (1.7%) to $64.88 on average volume. Throughout the day, 918,847 shares of Sohu.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 717,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $63.89-$65.58 after having opened the day at $63.89 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.81. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Groupon ( GRPN), up 11.5%, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), up 6.2%, Yelp ( YELP), up 4.6% and LinkedIn ( LNKD), up 3.6%.
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Sohu.com Inc. provides online media, search, gaming, community, and mobile services in the People's Republic of China. Sohu.com has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 30.5, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 34.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 4 analysts that rate Sohu.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sohu.com as a hold. 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 and reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including disappointing return on equity and weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), down 4.3%, China Finance Online ( JRJC), down 4.1%, Renren ( RENN), down 3.9% and Vipshop Holdings Ltd ADR ( VIPS), down 3.4% , were all laggards within the internet industry with Baidu ( BIDU) being today's internet industry laggard.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the internet industry could consider First Trust Dow Jones Internet Idx ( FDN) while those bearish on the internet industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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