Facebook Inc (FB): Today's Featured Internet Winner

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Facebook ( FB) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day up 0.7%. By the end of trading, Facebook rose $1.30 (2.0%) to $64.85 on light volume. Throughout the day, 45,446,018 shares of Facebook exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 65,020,500 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $63.35-$65.00 after having opened the day at $63.75 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $63.55. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), up 14.0%, Tucows ( TCX), up 11.9%, Autobytel ( ABTL), up 10.7% and Bankrate ( RATE), up 6.5%.

Facebook, Inc. operates as a social networking company worldwide. It provides a set of development tools and application programming interfaces that enable developers to integrate with Facebook to create mobile and Web applications. Facebook has a market cap of $127.1 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 16.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Monday. Currently there are 32 analysts that rate Facebook a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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

On the negative front, Groupon ( GRPN), down 6.1%, Angie's List ( ANGI), down 5.2%, 58.com ( WUBA), down 4.9% and Sohu.com ( SOHU), down 4.1% , were all laggards within the internet industry with SINA Corporation ( SINA) being today's internet industry laggard.

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