Facebook Inc Class A (FB): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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Facebook Inc Class A ( FB) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.4%. By the end of trading, Facebook Inc Class A rose $1.86 (3.8%) to $51.04 on average volume. Throughout the day, 73,865,429 shares of Facebook Inc Class A exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 66,642,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $49.57-$51.16 after having opened the day at $49.77 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $49.18. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: China Finance Online ( JRJC), up 17.0%, ChinaCache International Holdings ( CCIH), up 13.1%, Bitauto Holdings ( BITA), up 7.1% and SouFun Holdings ( SFUN), up 6.2%.

Facebook, Inc. operates as a social networking company worldwide. It builds various tools that enable users to connect, share, discover, and communicate with each other on mobile devices and computers. Facebook Inc Class A has a market cap of $88.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 82.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 27 analysts that rate Facebook Inc Class A a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 3 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Facebook Inc Class A as a hold. 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 and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the negative front, Friendfinder Networks ( FFN), down 93.0%, Monster Offers ( MONT), down 8.3%, Angie's List ( ANGI), down 3.5% and LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 3.3% , were all laggards within the internet industry with Zillow ( Z) being today's internet industry laggard.

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