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

Sohu.com ( SOHU) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Sohu.com rose $1.55 (2.6%) to $61.49 on average volume. Throughout the day, 659,333 shares of Sohu.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 763,300 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $60.88-$62.39 after having opened the day at $61.14 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $59.94. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 8.8%, MeetMe ( MEET), up 8.5%, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), up 6.9% and Move ( MOVE), up 5.2%.

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 $2.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 28.1, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 24.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. 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, LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 6.3%, Net Element International ( NETE), down 3.9%, Bankrate ( RATE), down 2.4% and Sify Technologies ( SIFY), down 1.7% , were all laggards within the internet industry with TripAdvisor ( TRIP) being today's internet industry laggard.

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