Equinix Inc. (EQIX): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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Equinix ( EQIX) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.3%. By the end of trading, Equinix fell $3.29 (-1.9%) to $173.76 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,103,483 shares of Equinix exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,072,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $170.31-$179.00 after having opened the day at $179.00 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $177.05. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: LookSmart ( LOOK), down 9.4%, Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU), down 5.6%, ValueClick ( VCLK), down 4.6% and Opentable ( OPEN), down 4.5%.

Equinix, Inc. provides data center services to protect and connect the information assets for the enterprises, financial services companies, and content and network providers primarily in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific. Equinix has a market cap of $8.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 13.8% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 14 analysts that rate Equinix a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Equinix as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and notable return on equity. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the growth in the company's earnings per share has not been good.

On the positive front, Sohu.com ( SOHU), up 7.5%, Deltathree ( DDDC), up 7.1%, Mediabistro ( MBIS), up 5.8% and CGI Group ( GIB), up 5.5% , were all gainers within the internet industry with NetEase ( NTES) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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