Shutterfly Inc. (SFLY): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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Shutterfly ( SFLY) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.3%. By the end of trading, Shutterfly fell $0.70 (-1.2%) to $55.44 on average volume. Throughout the day, 981,794 shares of Shutterfly exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 671,800 shares. The stock ranged in price between $55.08-$56.69 after having opened the day at $56.36 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $56.14. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Selectica ( SLTC), down 19.4%, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), down 16.5%, Net Element International ( NETE), down 6.4% and BroadVision ( BVSN), down 4.5%.

Shutterfly, Inc. provides digital personalized photo products and services in the United States. It offers a range of personalized photo-based products and services for consumers to upload, edit, enhance, organize, find, share, create, print, and preserve their memories. Shutterfly has a market cap of $2.1 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 90.5% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate Shutterfly a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Shutterfly 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 solid stock price performance. However, as a counter to these strengths, we also find weaknesses including unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in the company's earnings per share.

On the positive front, Groupon ( GRPN), up 21.6%, Bitauto Holdings ( BITA), up 19.8%, Deltathree ( DDDC), up 19.8% and SouFun Holdings ( SFUN), up 13.1% , were all gainers within the internet industry with Youku Tudou ( YOKU) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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