SINA Corporation (SINA): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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SINA Corporation ( SINA) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, SINA Corporation fell $4.02 (-4.8%) to $80.58 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,173,198 shares of SINA Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,736,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $80.26-$83.34 after having opened the day at $82.83 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.60. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Geeknet ( GKNT), down 4.6%, Move ( MOVE), down 2.5%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 2.5% and TheStreet ( TST), down 2.2%.

SINA Corporation, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online media company in the People's Republic of China. SINA Corporation has a market cap of $5.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 76.6, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 0.4% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 9 analysts that rate SINA Corporation a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SINA Corporation 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 growth in earnings per share. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's return on equity has been disappointing.

On the positive front, AOL ( AOL), up 11.2%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 9.9%, Montage Technology Group ( MONT), up 8.7% and LiveDeal ( LIVE), up 8.1% , were all gainers within the internet industry with LinkedIn ( LNKD) 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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