Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. (QIHU): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 2.6%. By the end of trading, Qihoo 360 Technology rose $5.25 (6.2%) to $89.99 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 4,487,775 shares of Qihoo 360 Technology exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,871,800 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $83.38-$90.48 after having opened the day at $86.43 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $84.74. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: LiveDeal ( LIVE), up 11.1%, Selectica ( SLTC), up 3.9% and Net Element ( NETE), up 1.8%.

Qihoo 360 Technology Co. Ltd. provides Internet and mobile security products in the People's Republic of China. Qihoo 360 Technology has a market cap of $11.4 billion and is part of the technology sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 114.9, above the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are up 3.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Friday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate Qihoo 360 Technology a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Qihoo 360 Technology as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, impressive record of earnings per share growth and compelling growth in net income. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the negative front, ChinaCache International Holdings ( CCIH), down 14.5%, Bitauto Holdings ( BITA), down 9.8%, Montage Technology Group ( MONT), down 8.4% and Autohome Inc ADR ( ATHM), down 8.2% , were all laggards within the internet industry with Baidu ( BIDU) being today's internet industry laggard.

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