Groupon Inc (GRPN): Today's Featured Internet Winner

Groupon ( GRPN) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Groupon rose $0.16 (1.9%) to $8.55 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 28,316,301 shares of Groupon exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 16,266,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $8.23-$8.69 after having opened the day at $8.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $8.39. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Mediabistro ( MBIS), up 22.2%, ModusLink Global Solutions ( MLNK), up 8.5%, Renren ( RENN), up 5.3% and Global Sources ( GSOL), up 4.7%.

Groupon, Inc. operates as a local commerce marketplace that connects merchants to consumers by offering goods and services at a discount in North America and internationally. The company also offers deals on products for which it acts as the merchant of record. Groupon has a market cap of $5.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 71.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate Groupon a buy, 6 analysts rate it a sell, and 14 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Groupon as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its weak operating cash flow and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

On the negative front, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), down 12.9%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 4.8%, CGI Group ( GIB), down 4.1% and LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 2.9% , were all laggards within the internet industry with Yahoo ( YHOO) being today's internet industry laggard.

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