Vipshop Holdings Ltd (VIPS): Today's Featured Internet Laggard

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Vipshop Holdings ( VIPS) pushed the Internet industry lower today making it today's featured Internet laggard. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.9%. By the end of trading, Vipshop Holdings fell $10.21 (-6.8%) to $140.37 on heavy volume. Throughout the day, 2,129,247 shares of Vipshop Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 1,268,100 shares. The stock ranged in price between $138.75-$150.66 after having opened the day at $150.56 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $150.58. Other companies within the Internet industry that declined today were: SouFun Holdings ( SFUN), down 8.9%, CRITEO ( CRTO), down 7.4%, ChinaNet Online Holdings ( CNET), down 6.2% and ( WUBA), down 5.9%.

Vipshop Holdings Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online discount retailer for various brands in the People's Republic of China. Vipshop Holdings has a market cap of $8.4 billion and is part of the services sector. Shares are up 80.0% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 5 analysts that rate Vipshop Holdings a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 1 rates it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Vipshop Holdings as a hold. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its robust revenue growth, solid stock price performance and impressive record of earnings per share growth. However, as a counter to these strengths, we find that the company's profit margins have been poor overall.

On the positive front, Net Element ( NETE), up 16.2%, LiveDeal ( LIVE), up 9.4%, Professional Diversity Network ( IPDN), up 3.3% and Limelight Networks ( LLNW), up 3.1% , were all gainers within the internet industry with Akamai Technologies ( AKAM) being today's featured internet industry leader.

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