Sohu.com Inc (SOHU): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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Sohu.com ( SOHU) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.7%. By the end of trading, Sohu.com fell $1.82 (-2.7%) to $64.55 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,477,164 shares of Sohu.com exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 963,900 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.74-$67.80 after having opened the day at $66.94 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $66.37. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Remark Media ( MARK), down 7.5%, Mediabistro ( MBIS), down 5.0%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 4.4% and LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 4.2%.

Sohu.com Inc. provides online media, search, gaming, community, and mobile services in the People's Republic of China. Sohu.com has a market cap of $2.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 40.2% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 2 analysts that rate Sohu.com a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Sohu.com 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 reasonable valuation levels. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the positive front, Phoenix New Media ( FENG), up 10.9%, Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 9.3%, Professional Diversity Network ( IPDN), up 9.1% and YY ( YY), up 8.4% , were all gainers within the internet industry with Amazon.com ( AMZN) 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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