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

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SouFun Holdings ( SFUN) pushed the Internet industry higher today making it today's featured internet winner. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.6%. By the end of trading, SouFun Holdings rose $1.26 (1.6%) to $78.78 on average volume. Throughout the day, 1,362,923 shares of SouFun Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,499,100 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $77.52-$80.76 after having opened the day at $77.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $77.52. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS), up 12.7%, 58.com ( WUBA), up 12.6%, Mercadolibre ( MELI), up 10.6% and LiveDeal ( LIVE), up 9.0%.

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 $6.2 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are down 5.9% 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 negative front, Jiayuan.com International ( DATE), down 10.6%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 9.8%, Care.com ( CRCM), down 7.6% and BroadVision ( BVSN), down 6.8% , were all laggards within the internet industry with Qihoo 360 Technology ( QIHU) being today's internet industry laggard.

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