Mercadolibre Inc. (MELI): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

Mercadolibre ( MELI) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.0%. By the end of trading, Mercadolibre fell $1.22 (-1.1%) to $105.97 on light volume. Throughout the day, 278,182 shares of Mercadolibre exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 595,200 shares. The stock ranged in price between $105.43-$108.58 after having opened the day at $108.38 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.19. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 7.9%, Tremor Video ( TRMR), down 5.1%, Remark Media ( MARK), down 2.5% and China Finance Online ( JRJC), down 2.2%.

MercadoLibre, Inc. hosts online commerce platforms in Latin America. Its services are designed to provide users with mechanisms for buying, selling, paying, collecting, generating leads, and comparing listings through e-commerce transactions. Mercadolibre has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 36.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Mercadolibre a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 4 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Mercadolibre as a buy. 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, good cash flow from operations, solid stock price performance and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, MeetMe ( MEET), up 22.1%, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), up 8.9%, Phoenix New Media ( FENG), up 6.1% and Group ( WWWW), up 5.8% , were all gainers within the internet industry with LinkedIn ( LNKD) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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