Google Inc. (GOOG): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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Google ( GOOG) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Google fell $9.61 (-1.1%) to $877.23 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,633,262 shares of Google exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,873,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $875.60-$886.55 after having opened the day at $886.55 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $886.84. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Internet Initiative Japan ( IIJI), down 5.0%, LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 4.7%, Zillow ( Z), down 2.9% and InterXion Holding N.V ( INXN), down 2.6%.

Google Inc., a technology company, builds products and provides services to organize the information and make it universally accessible and useful. Google has a market cap of $242.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 25.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Tuesday. Currently there are 24 analysts that rate Google a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 6 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Google as a buy. 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, reasonable valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and solid stock price performance. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front, ChinaCache International Holdings ( CCIH), up 12.9%, Deltathree ( DDDC), up 9.8%, HealthStream ( HSTM), up 7.6% and Zynga ( ZNGA), up 4.8% , were all gainers within the internet industry with SINA Corporation ( SINA) 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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