SouFun Holdings Ltd. (SFUN): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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SouFun Holdings ( SFUN) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 1.4%. By the end of trading, SouFun Holdings fell $1.11 (-1.4%) to $79.99 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,168,044 shares of SouFun Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,446,000 shares. The stock ranged in price between $78.87-$81.25 after having opened the day at $81.10 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $81.10. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: Groupon ( GRPN), down 21.9%, Autobytel ( ABTL), down 16.8%, Geeknet ( GKNT), down 16.1% and Net Element ( NETE), down 9.8%.

SouFun Holdings Limited operates a real estate Internet portal, and a home furnishing and improvement Website in the People's Republic of China. SouFun Holdings has a market cap of $6.6 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 1.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are 3 analysts that rate SouFun Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and none rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates SouFun Holdings as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had generally high debt management risk by most measures that we evaluated.

On the positive front, ChinaCache International Holdings ( CCIH), up 13.7%, TheStreet ( TST), up 6.0%, CRITEO ADR ( CRTO), up 5.2% and BroadVision ( BVSN), up 2.6% , were all gainers within the internet industry with Opentable ( OPEN) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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