TripAdvisor Inc (TRIP): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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TripAdvisor ( TRIP) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 1.5%. By the end of trading, TripAdvisor rose $7.31 (9.5%) to $84.45 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 5,201,989 shares of TripAdvisor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,712,700 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $79.85-$85.42 after having opened the day at $79.91 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.14. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: LiveDeal ( LIVE), up 19.8%, Wix.com ( WIX), up 10.0%, Twitter ( TWTR), up 8.6% and YY ( YY), up 8.6%.

TripAdvisor, Inc., an online travel company, enables travelers to plan and have the perfect trip. It offers advice from real travelers and various travel choices and planning features with seamless links to booking tools. TripAdvisor has a market cap of $9.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 6.9% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 7 analysts that rate TripAdvisor a buy, 3 analysts rate it a sell, and 11 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates TripAdvisor as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations, expanding profit margins and largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, Internet Initiative Japan ( IIJI), down 12.8%, Montage Technology Group ( MONT), down 9.9%, VeriSign ( VRSN), down 4.9% and CafePress ( PRSS), down 4.2% , were all laggards within the internet industry with LinkedIn ( LNKD) 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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