Google Inc. (GOOG): Today's Featured Internet Winner

Google ( GOOG) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, Google rose $11.60 (1.3%) to $905.09 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,892,122 shares of Google exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,335,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $897.08-$906.27 after having opened the day at $899.21 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $893.49. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Net Element International ( NETE), up 6.2%, Zillow ( Z), up 5.4%, SouFun Holdings ( SFUN), up 4.2% and Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 3.8%.

Google Inc., a technology company, builds products and provides services to organize the information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google has a market cap of $240.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 26.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 25 analysts that rate Google a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Google as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company shows weak operating cash flow.

On the negative front, ClickSoftware Technologies ( CKSW), down 10.1%, MeetMe ( MEET), down 7.9%, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), down 7.8% and LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 7.0% , were all laggards within the internet industry with Baidu ( BIDU) being today's internet industry laggard.

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