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

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Google ( GOOG) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.2%. By the end of trading, Google rose $16.76 (1.5%) to $1,159.96 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,931,121 shares of Google exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,979,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $1,147.55-$1,160.16 after having opened the day at $1,151.13 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1,143.20. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Akamai Technologies ( AKAM), up 20.6%, Yelp ( YELP), up 18.9%, 58.com ( WUBA), up 14.9% and eLong ( LONG), up 11.3%.

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 $315.0 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 2.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 26 analysts that rate Google a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 5 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Google as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its solid stock price performance, growth in earnings per share, robust revenue growth, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures and reasonable valuation levels. Although no company is perfect, currently we do not see any significant weaknesses which are likely to detract from the generally positive outlook.

On the negative front, Twitter ( TWTR), down 24.2%, Montage Technology Group ( MONT), down 17.7%, Digital River ( DRIV), down 9.0% and LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 7.7% , were all laggards within the internet industry with Shutterfly ( SFLY) being today's internet industry laggard.

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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