Yahoo! Inc (YHOO): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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Yahoo ( YHOO) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole was unchanged today. By the end of trading, Yahoo fell $0.31 (-1.1%) to $27.65 on light volume. Throughout the day, 11,687,300 shares of Yahoo exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 18,556,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $27.55-$28.09 after having opened the day at $28.07 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $27.96. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: ValueClick ( VCLK), down 14.9%, AOL ( AOL), down 5.6%, TechTarget ( TTGT), down 5.2% and Renren ( RENN), down 5.0%.

Yahoo! Inc., a technology company, provides search, content, and communication tools on the Web and on mobile devices worldwide. Yahoo has a market cap of $30.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 41.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 10 analysts that rate Yahoo a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 16 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yahoo as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, compelling growth in net income, notable return on equity, reasonable valuation levels and expanding profit margins. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the positive front, LinkedIn ( LNKD), up 10.6%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 9.8%, LiveDeal ( LIVE), up 6.3% and International ( DATE), up 5.9% , were all gainers within the internet industry with Yelp ( YELP) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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