NetEase Inc (NTES): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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NetEase ( NTES) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, NetEase rose $2.60 (3.6%) to $74.90 on average volume. Throughout the day, 950,847 shares of NetEase exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 682,900 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $73.20-$75.75 after having opened the day at $73.46 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $72.30. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: ( SOHU), up 7.5%, Deltathree ( DDDC), up 7.1%, Mediabistro ( MBIS), up 5.8% and CGI Group ( GIB), up 5.5%.

NetEase, Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in online games, Internet portal, e-mail, and wireless value-added services businesses in China. The company operates through three segments: Online Game Services; Advertising Services; and E-mail, Wireless Value-added Services, and Others. NetEase has a market cap of $9.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 75.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate NetEase a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates NetEase as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, increase in net income, expanding profit margins and growth in earnings per share. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the negative front, LookSmart ( LOOK), down 9.4%, Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU), down 5.6%, ValueClick ( VCLK), down 4.6% and Opentable ( OPEN), down 4.5% , were all laggards within the internet industry with Equinix ( EQIX) being today's internet industry laggard.

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