Yelp Inc (YELP): Today's Featured Technology Laggard

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Yelp ( YELP) pushed the Technology sector lower today making it today's featured Technology laggard. The sector as a whole closed the day up 0.9%. By the end of trading, Yelp fell $0.93 (-1.4%) to $64.87 on average volume. Throughout the day, 4,195,055 shares of Yelp exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 4,321,700 shares. The stock ranged in price between $63.80-$66.28 after having opened the day at $64.81 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $65.80. Other companies within the Technology sector that declined today were: Travelzoo ( TZOO), down 9.3%, UBIC ( UBIC), down 9.1%, Intellicheck Mobilisa ( IDN), down 6.3% and TigerLogic Corporation ( TIGR), down 5.4%.

Yelp Inc. operates as an online local guide that connects people primarily with boutiques, mechanics, restaurants, and dentists. Yelp has a market cap of $3.8 billion and is part of the internet industry. Shares are down 4.6% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday. Currently there are 19 analysts that rate Yelp a buy, no analysts rate it a sell, and 10 rate it a hold.

TheStreet Ratings rates Yelp as a sell. The area that we feel has been the company's primary weakness has been its disappointing return on equity.

On the positive front, Digital Power Corporation ( DPW), up 34.7%, LiveDeal ( LIVE), up 23.6%, Elephant Talk Communications ( ETAK), up 12.5% and support.com ( SPRT), up 11.5% , were all gainers within the technology sector with Qualcomm ( QCOM) being today's featured technology sector leader.

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