Yelp Inc (YELP): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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Yelp ( YELP) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.5%. By the end of trading, Yelp rose $1.21 (1.5%) to $82.36 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,600,114 shares of Yelp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 3,274,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $81.06-$83.45 after having opened the day at $81.15 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.15. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: LiveDeal ( LIVE), up 15.9%, Remark Media ( MARK), up 8.2%, Montage Technology Group ( MONT), up 6.8% and BroadVision ( BVSN), up 6.2%.

Yelp, Inc. operates, an online urban city guide that helps people find places to eat, shop, drink, relax, and play based on the informed opinions of a community of locals in the know. Yelp has a market cap of $4.7 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 17.7% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 13 analysts that rate Yelp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yelp as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its unimpressive growth in net income and feeble growth in its earnings per share.

On the negative front, Tucows ( TCX), down 9.1%, Sify Technologies ( SIFY), down 7.7%, India ( REDF), down 7.0% and SINA Corporation ( SINA), down 6.9% , were all laggards within the internet industry with Baidu ( BIDU) being today's internet industry laggard.

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