Baidu Inc. (BIDU): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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Baidu ( BIDU) 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, Baidu fell $1.86 (-1.3%) to $142.64 on light volume. Throughout the day, 2,893,357 shares of Baidu exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,139,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $141.28-$146.01 after having opened the day at $145.48 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $144.50. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: LookSmart ( LOOK), down 5.5%, SouFun Holdings ( SFUN), down 4.1%, Sohu.com ( SOHU), down 3.9% and Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), down 3.7%.

Baidu, Inc. provides Chinese language Internet search services. It also offers a Chinese language search platform for businesses to reach their customers. Baidu has a market cap of $51.5 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 46.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Baidu a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Baidu as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, expanding profit margins, solid stock price performance, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the positive front, Net Element International ( NETE), up 7.9%, Tremor Video ( TRMR), up 7.2%, Remark Media ( MARK), up 4.0% and Points International ( PCOM), up 3.3% , were all gainers within the internet industry with Youku Tudou ( YOKU) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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