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

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Google ( GOOG) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.2%. By the end of trading, Google fell $11.44 (-1.3%) to $869.81 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,076,212 shares of Google exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,235,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $867.16-$880.23 after having opened the day at $878.37 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $881.25. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: TripAdvisor ( TRIP), down 9.2%, Renren ( RENN), down 8.3%, Tremor Video ( TRMR), down 8.2% and China Finance Online ( JRJC), down 6.0%.

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 $242.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 25.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 26 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, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, reasonable valuation levels and good cash flow from operations. 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, Taomee Holdings ( TAOM), up 15.8%, ChinaCache International Holdings ( CCIH), up 13.8%, Selectica ( SLTC), up 13.1% and ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 12.2% , were all gainers within the internet industry with Yandex ( YNDX) being today's featured internet industry leader.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the internet industry could consider First Trust Dow Jones Internet Idx ( FDN) while those bearish on the internet industry could consider ProShares Ultra Short Technology ( REW).

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