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 down 0.4%. By the end of trading, TripAdvisor rose $1.08 (1.0%) to $108.38 on average volume. Throughout the day, 2,430,482 shares of TripAdvisor exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 2,108,200 shares. The stock ranged in a price between $107.05-$108.73 after having opened the day at $107.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $107.30. Other companies within the Internet industry that increased today were: SINA Corporation ( SINA), up 8.5%, MeetMe ( MEET), up 7.3%, YY ( YY), up 6.3% and Baidu ( BIDU), up 5.8%.

TripAdvisor, Inc. operates as an online travel company. TripAdvisor has a market cap of $13.8 billion and is part of the technology sector. Shares are up 29.1% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 8 analysts that rate TripAdvisor a buy, 2 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, largely solid financial position with reasonable debt levels by most measures, solid stock price performance, good cash flow from operations and expanding profit margins. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had sub par growth in net income.

On the negative front, LiveDeal ( LIVE), down 7.2%, ( SPRT), down 6.8%, Synacor ( SYNC), down 6.7% and Renren ( RENN), down 6.3% , were all laggards within the internet industry with IAC/InterActiveCorp ( IACI) 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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