SouFun Holdings Ltd. (SFUN): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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SouFun Holdings ( SFUN) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.1%. By the end of trading, SouFun Holdings fell $3.24 (-6.4%) to $47.35 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 1,535,148 shares of SouFun Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 659,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $47.33-$50.70 after having opened the day at $50.70 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $50.59. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Net Element International ( NETE), down 8.6%, Deltathree ( DDDC), down 6.7%, Tremor Video ( TRMR), down 6.3% and ClickSoftware Technologies ( CKSW), down 5.7%.

SouFun Holdings Limited operates a real estate Internet portal, and a home furnishing and improvement Website in the People's Republic of China. SouFun Holdings has a market cap of $4.3 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 114.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate SouFun Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SouFun Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company has favored debt over equity in the management of its balance sheet.

On the positive front, LookSmart ( LOOK), up 30.8%, Remark Media ( MARK), up 12.4%, Youku Tudou ( YOKU), up 5.1% and China Finance Online ( JRJC), up 4.5% , were all gainers within the internet industry with Yahoo ( YHOO) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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